UPS made a critical decision in 1987 that would forever change the delivery companyand the air cargo business. After five years of using contract cargo airlines to provide next-day delivery in the domestic US market, it decided it needed more control over its operations and began laying the groundwork to establish its own air carrier. On Feb. 1, 1988, UPS Airlines was launched with two DC-8 freighter flights from Louisville to Chicago and Milwaukee. Twenty-one years later, what was ...

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