UPS Plans Jet Upgrade

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UPS will retrofit much of its jet fleet with a computerized display system that will improve overall safety, reduce fuel use and make the pilot's job easier, the carrier said yesterday.

The retrofit program is thought to be the first of its type attempted by any airline, cargo or passenger, "and basically reflects our belief that this technology is ready and should be applied to jets now in service," said Bob Lekites, vice president, UPS Airline and International Operations.

UPS said this would help pilots with navigation; let them call up the most complete and accurate long-range weather maps; warn of potential collisions on the ground; push the maintenance logbook into the digital age and place the entire flight manual within easy electronic recall.

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