UPS Starts Nonstop Flights to Guangzhou

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United Parcel Service, Atlanta, announced yesterday the start of service from the United States to Guangzhou, China.


UPS is the first express and cargo carrier at the city's airport and the first to offer nonstop flights between Guangzhou and the United States.


UPS is flying six days weekly between the United States and Guangzhou. The city is in southeast China's Pearl River Delta region, one of the world's fastest-growing manufacturing areas, accounting for 30 percent to 40 percent of China's foreign trade.


The rights to operate the flights are part of 12 additional frequencies awarded to UPS in November by the U.S. Department of Transportation following the aviation agreement between the two nations signed in July. The extra frequencies let UPS triple its flights to China this year to 18, including 12 to Shanghai and six to Guangzhou.


The DOT also granted final authorization for UPS to expand its air operations to China on April 1. The decision grants two more flights to Shanghai and one to Guangzhou. These flights most likely will begin in 2006. The company will then offer seven-day-a-week service to Guangzhou and increased capacity to Shanghai on the two busiest days of the week, Thursday and Saturday.


UPS plans an air hub in Shanghai in 2007. Its supply chain management unit, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, also said it plans to open another 20 facilities in major Chinese cities in the next two years. This will expand the number of logistics centers operated in China by UPS Supply Chain Solutions to more than 40.


Melissa Campanelli covers postal news, CRM and database marketing for DM News and DMNews.com. To keep up with the latest developments in these areas, subscribe to our daily and weekly e-mail newsletters by visiting www.dmnews.com/newsletters


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