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6/6/2011 3:00:00 PM

UPS Inc. said Monday it has significantly expanded the capacity of its express air network throughout the Central and South America.

The company said it boosted its cargo capacity by more than 50% on 19 weekly flights into the region, replacing a Boeing 757 narrow-body aircraft with a new, larger B-767 wide-body freighter.

The flights will originate from UPS’s Americas hub in Miami and operate into Quito, Ecuador; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia; Panama City, Panama; Guatemala City, Guatemala, and Managua, Nicaragua.

“UPS has been one of the largest cargo carriers in the Americas for more than a decade, so when our customers asked for more capacity, we responded with this larger aircraft,� said Romaine Seguin, president of UPS’s Americas Region.

Latin America economies grew an average 6% last year, led by such export industries as flowers and farmed fish in Colombia and Ecuador; fruits and vegetables in Guatemala; okra automotive parts in Nicaragua, and fresh fish out of Panama. Technology and health care products also are increasing, UPS said.

UPS is ranked No. 1 on the Transport Topics 100 listing of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

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