Despite the multiple benefits of a cockpit upgrade, it remains uncertain whether the recent contract for Airbus to retrofit UPS’s A300-600 freighters is signaling a trend. The A300-600 is an early-generation design from the Toulouse-based airframer. Fifty-two examples were delivered between 2000-06 to UPS, which has used them in medium-range, heavy-lift operations. However, a freighter does not fly as intensively as a passenger aircraft—two or three cycles per day, UPS says. ...

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