Pay & Retirement

InDesign 2


2,538 pilots

» represented by the Independent Pilots Association (IPA)
» separate pilot group at UPS: the Flight Qualified Supervisors (not covered by a collective bargaining agreement)


News (updated May 21, 2015)

  • IPA and UPS under mediated talks with the NMB
  • CEO David Abney’s total compensation package in 2014: $8.4m (double from 2013)
  • All fleets except for A300 have EVAS (Emergency Vision Assurance System)
  • IPA suing FAA over its excluding of cargo pilots from new FAR Part 117 regs
  • Louisville hub is called “Worldport”
  • Five professional meteorologists at Global Operations Center (GOC) in Louisville
  • Largest shipment and logistics company in the world
  • Avg. of 26 flights per night through the Rockford, Illinois sort
  • Four flights per week into Bangkok (B-747-400F)
  • Five flights per week into Sao Paulo, Brazil (B-767-300)
  • FQSs are a non-union pilot workforce at UPS, and number approximately 130. All are captains.
  • Amazon has launched Amazon Prime NOW, a one-hour delivery service directly competing against UPS in Manhattan and future cities
  • UPS hires approx. 95,000 seasonal employees
  • UPS revenues breakdown: 65% U.S., 20% int’l, and 15% Supply Chain Solutions and freight
  • 424,000 employees (top 10 employer in USA)

Fleet: 237 aircraft (no aircraft on order)

  • B-747-400F: 11
  • B-747-400BCF: 2
  • MD-11: 38
  • B-767-300ER: 59
  • A-300-600RF: 52
  • B-757-200PF: 75
  • [Contract feeder aircraft not included]

UPS-IPA Contract 2006: In negotiations under NMB assistance

  • Contract became amendable December 31, 2011
  • Average time between contract signings: 8-9 years
  • IPA President: Bob Travis
  • NMB Mediator: Gerry McGuckin
  • Dues: 2.25% (including .75% increase during contract negotiations)

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Hiring – YES (interviewing into pool) – updated April 22, 2015

Hiring approx. 100 pilots in 2015.

HIRING BOX

First officer application.

Flight Qualified Supervisor (“management pilot”) application. Be advised that once hired into management, you’re not allowed to ever cross over as a line pilot.


New-hire minimums: ATP/1,500 TT fixed-wing/1,000 PIC turbine


New hires: what to expect

UPS hires into the SDF domicile (A300, 757/767, and MD11) primarily, both domestic and international flying. The ANC domicile used to drop to the bottom on the seniority list, now that position has been taken by the A300 and 757/767 domestic. If trying to get out of your first domicile, you need anywhere from three months to two years depending on the amount of vacancy system bids the company is putting out. Expect to fly very chopped up lines your probationary year, making commuting possibly difficult. Reserve goes fairly senior in most domiciles. Commuting to MIA trips is especially difficult as a very junior first officer.

Uniforms: Company provides newhire uniforms. After that, $253 yearly allowance towards uniform parts. Optional attire: leather jacket and hat.

Countdown to being off probation: Second year pay estimate: take yearly guarantee and multiply times 1.15 to get an average W2 earnings amount (which includes overrides, per diem, open time, junior assign, fly/vacation/training on days off). Currently that’s $167,000. This rough estimate also applies to all seats and all years of service.


Flying the line

  • Online schedule adjustments: able to trade trips, pick up open time.
  • No sick bank usage? Every January company pays out 71 hours; less with every sick call.
  • No PBS

Demographics

  • Avg pilot age: 52
  • Youngest captain is 43 years old

Benefits

Pass benefits: UPS agreements with Delta and Southwest
Company discounts: 10% discount at The UPS Store, plus variety of other discounts
Company jumpseats: Able to reserve a seat 12 days prior to travel
Leaves of absences: Must make request to your assistant chief pilot


Health Insurance

Health: (link to come)
Dental: (link to come)
Other: (link to come)


Contract Nuggets

  • Trip rig: 1 hour for every 3:45 TAFB
  • Duty rig: 1 hour for every 2:00 on duty (1:30 for early duty reports)
  • Minimum pay per day: 4 hours
  • Minimum turn pay: 6 hours
  • Training on a day off: 4 hours
  • Vacation day on off day: 3 hours

Retirements

[Age 65 rule-based retirements only, actual retirements higher due to medical issues/resignations/early outs/deaths/terminations]

ups-pilot-retirements

  • 2015 → 18
  • 2016 → 36
  • 2017 → 46
  • 2018 → 53
  • 2019 → 69
  • 2020 → 91
  • 2021 → 86
  • 2022 → 96
  • 2023 → 82
  • 2024 → 127
  • 2025 → 135
  • 2026 → 174
  • 2027 → 158
  • 2028 → 183
  • 2029 → 172
  • 2030 → 156

Pilot lingo

  • VTO = vacation, training, other – a type of schedule which is built from trips awarded to other pilots that were subsequently dropped due to vacations, training, etc.
  • Worldport = UPS’s Louisville hub
  • Carry-out trip = a trip that continues out of the current bid period into the next
  • Scheduling Conflict = an event like training or vacation days that drop a trip from your schedule

 Jumpseating – CASS approved

Call 800-228-2739, options 4, 1. Listings can be made up to 10 days prior to your desired flight. Catering for jumpseaters provided on longer flights. Business casual attire. Bring ID, pilot certificate, and medical. Jumpeats per aircraft (jumpseats/seats behind cockpit):

  • 747-400: (2/4) = 6 total, but (2/8) on -400 BCFs, plus two bunk rooms
  • MD-11: (2/3) = 5 total, plus two stacked bunks
  • A300: (1/4) = 5 total
  • 767-300: (1/3) = 4 total
  • 757-200: (2/2) = 4 total