UPS purchases three new full-flight simulators, announces plan for new simulator facility in Louisville

UPS recently announced it has acquired three new full-flight simulators and plans to construct a new facility to house them located near the company’s Worldport international air hub in Louisville, Kentucky as part of an expansion of its flight training operations.

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Developed by CAE, the full-motion, state-of-the-art simulators will be delivered by the end of 2018 and includes simulators for a 747-400, a 767, and an MD-11. Additionally, the company will receive two new Class 4 touch screen training systems for its new 747-8 fleet of aircraft.

“Powered by eCommerce, UPS is in growth mode,” UPS Airlines President Brendan Canavan said. “These new simulators and our new building are investments in increased air capacity for our customers all over the world.”

The planned 22,000 square-foot facility will be located in Louisville’s Edgewood neighborhood, which sits adjacent to UPS’ Airlines Global Operations Center and will supplement the company’s existing flight training facilities in Louisville and Anchorage, Alaska. Once completed, the company will operate 11 full flight simulators.

Construction will begin before the end of 2017 and will include room for an additional full flight simulator should the company choose to expand its training options as well as office space.

“We are making strategic infrastructure moves to position our international air express services for long-term success,” Canavan said.