ATLANTA (AP) -- United Parcel Service Inc. was set to make its first flight to China on Sunday, becoming the second U.S. cargo company to fly its own planes there. The flights go through Anchorage.
The UPS 747 was to depart from Ontario, Calif., late Sunday and stop in Anchorage on the way to Beijing and Shanghai.
UPS plans six weekly flights to China via Anchorage, four of them from California and two from Newark, N.J. The planes will transfer some cargo in Anchorage as well as refueling there, according to Carolyn Ottosen of UPS in Anchorage.
''This first flight is an important event not just for UPS, but for worldwide trade as a whole,'' UPS Chair Jim Kelly said Friday.
UPS rival FedEx began flying to China in 1996.
In November, the Transportation Department awarded route authorities to UPS for the new China flights from Anchorage. Atlanta-based UPS beat out competing bids from American and United airlines and from Polar Air Cargo after mounting an extensive lobbying campaign in Washington.
Before it won the new routes, UPS delivered packages in China with partner Sinotrans, a state-owned company.
UPS estimates the China service will represent $100 million in new revenue its first year.
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