August 21, 2008

UPS Airlines Opens New Flight Training Facility in Anchorage

UPS Airlines, a cargo airline owned by United Parcel Service, has officially opened a new 27,000-square-foot flight training facility in Anchorage, Alaska, to reduce the time spent away from home for training by Anchorage-based pilots.

The company said that, housing two flight simulators, classrooms and offices, the facility is the second such pilot training center in its network and will be in operation approximately 20 hours each day. Established to support all phases of flight training, the new facility will make it unnecessary for Anchorage-based pilots to fly to Louisville for training.

The Anchorage flight training facility was built in a converted hangar located at the south end of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. It houses UPS's only 747-400 flight simulator along with its second MD-11 simulator. Both of those aircraft are used to provide the long-range international lift necessary for UPS to maintain its global reach.

Bob Lekites, president of UPS Airlines, said: "Anchorage is ideally positioned to be our gateway to Asia. With growing small package and freight volume and expanding services in that region, we are excited about the potential continued growth in this city."