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UPS Airlines Honored as 2009 "Cargo Airline of the Year"


Air Transport World Cites Global Service, Safety, Technology

LOUISVILLE - On the eve of UPS’s 21st anniversary as an air carrier, its airline division is being honored as the 2009 “Cargo Airline of the Year” by a leading industry publication.

Each year, Air Transport World magazine recognizes the world’s top airlines with its prestigious Industry Achievement Awards. The publication selected UPS Airlines this year for its history of successful global growth, expansion into heavy freight, commitment to safety and technological innovation.

“Whether it is the way it sorts parcels at Worldport in Louisville or the way it operates its aircraft to achieve peak safety and efficiency, UPS Airlines has distinguished itself as an innovator,” wrote Perry Flint, the editorial director of Air Transport World.

UPS’s two decades of aviation accomplishments will be celebrated by Air Transport World and industry guests at a Feb. 17 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“We work very hard to run the safest, most efficient airline we can to serve our customers all over the world,” said UPS Airlines President Bob Lekites. “So it’s certainly gratifying to see our efforts recognized by industry experts. We’re honored to receive this award.”

UPS operates the world’s ninth largest airline with a fleet of 266 aircraft. The company flies more than 1,900 flight segments each day into 800 airports in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and can be found on the web at To get UPS news direct, visit


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