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Ameriflight, UPS Airlines announce intent to expand Gateway Program Agreement

DALLAS, TX – Ameriflight and UPS Airlines are close to finalizing an agreement to further enhance the career opportunities for flight crewmembers at Ameriflight. The airlines have agreed in principal to expand the UPS/Ameriflight pilot gateway program to current and future Ameriflight pilots. The program will provide the opportunity for selected pilots at Ameriflight, the nation’s largest Part 135 cargo carrier, to have a clear path to UPS Airlines, a global carrier serving more than 220 countries and territories.

The program will be open to qualified Ameriflight pilots who are selected to be part of the program. These selected participants will be required to fulfill a number of benchmarks including Ameriflight requirements, personal/professional development and UPS mentoring. Successful completion of the program will afford for these Ameriflight pilots to qualify for a guaranteed interview with UPS Airlines subject to its hiring needs and meeting all program and hiring requirements.

Ameriflight and UPS launched the Gateway Program earlier this year, with an initial phase that offers a defined career path to students who successfully complete the UPS Airlines’ Intern Program.

“I am thrilled with the expansion of the Gateway Program, as it will provide a career path opportunity for our pilots to start at Ameriflight and continue on to UPS Airlines,” says Ameriflight Chief Operating Officer Bill Poerstel. “We value the relationship with UPS, which is Ameriflight’s largest customer.”

Capt. Roger Quinn, UPS Airlines Director of Training said, “We are pleased to announce our intent to expand the UPS-Ameriflight gateway program to include currently-employed and future Ameriflight pilots. Ameriflight provides important support to the UPS air network, with many dedicated crewmembers who help our company meet service commitments to our customers. These pilots understand our business and should make strong candidates as we recruit future generations of professionals to fly UPS aircraft.”

The first selection of Ameriflight pilots entering the Gateway Program will be made in early 2018. Further program details will be announced by the end of this year.

About Ameriflight: Ameriflight was founded in 1968 and has grown from a small air charter and cargo service carrier to an international operator and the nation’s largest 135 cargo airline. Ameriflight is headquartered in Dallas, TX and has more than 500 employees including over 100 pilots and over 100 aircraft. Ameriflight provides feeder services for overnight express carriers such as UPS. The company can be found on the web at and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @Ameriflight.

About UPS: UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight, facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at® and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news follow @UPS_News on Twitter.

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