LIKE MUCH ELSE ABOUT UNITED Parcel Service, which was launched more than 100 years ago as a Seattle messenger service relying on a team of fast-pedaling bicycle deliverymen, the scope of future operations could not have been envisioned when the company started its own air carrier in 1988. On Feb. 1 of that year, UPS Airlines launched service by operating two DC-8 freighters on flights from Louisville to Chicago and Milwaukee. Today the airline, which operates as a standalone unit ...

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