UPS Virtual was first launched on February 8th, 2018 and was recently relaunched and completely overhauled in February of 2021 with a brand new certification by the IFVARB. With a new real world route system, a brand new and easy to use crew center that continues to get updated with new features, codeshares for the first time ever, and a new communication hub for pilots; the current owners and staff are excited about the future that awaits. Since we first launched, we have become one of the most respected and prestigious virtual airlines available on the Infinite Flight Community.
At UPS Virtual we put the quality of our members’ experience first and offer a professional environment in which pilots can learn, improve on, and master their flying skills. We emphasize great comradery between our professional and experienced pilots and aim for everyone that joins our virtual airline to feel as they are part of our special family. We pride ourselves on our high levels of realism, professionalism, and our overall reputation. At UPS Virtual we understand the importance of making flying fun, easy, and rewarding for our pilots. From the onset, there are no routes to unlock and all of our cargo aircraft are available to you as soon as you qualify to fly under the UPSV callsign. You choose your own adventure and journey with absolute freedom within our simple operating procedures. Our goal is to motivate you to fly while becoming a part of our UPS Virtual family. As you have seen since March 2020, cargo runs the world and who says we can’t have fun moving it?
Many of our pilots have established careers in the real-world field of aviation, and staff members and pilots alike are continually active on the Infinite Flight Live servers, our Discord server, and are always willing to help their fellow pilots and community members. From playful chit chat in our off topic channel to asking for help in our dedicated support channel, once you join, you will quickly realize we’re all members of a great big UPS family.
UPS Virtual bases the majority of its fleet off of the real-world airline, giving its pilots a variety of aircraft to fly. Ranging from the small, yet capable, Cessna 208 Caravan for our regional partners in Ameriflight, to the massive and iconic Boeing 747-8F for our flagship route from Worldport in Louisville to Dubai, UAE. There is an aircraft for everyone’s tastes.
There are 8 aircraft to choose from; each fit for specific routes and needs. You will quickly find each pilot has their own favorite.
See Our Fleet
|Aircraft with the UPS Livery||Aircraft with the Generic Livery|
|Airbus A330-200F||Boeing B767-300ERF|
|McDonnell Douglas MD-11F||Boeing B747-400F|
|-||Cessna C208 Caravan|
Current UPS Livery Requests
Vote for the Boeing 747-8F UPS Livery here.
Vote for the Boeing 767-300ERF UPS Livery here.
Vote for the Boeing 767-300ERF Retro UPS Livery here.
With a lot of help, we have designed and customized a brand new crew center for our pilots hosted by VABase. Our crew center allows our pilots to quickly search and book flights from our real world schedule consisting of over 1,000 routes - a first in the history of UPS Virtual. It also automatically promotes our pilots to our various ranks, tracks miles and cargo flown, features a live map of all UPSV flights and features easy access to VA and pilot statistics, and our roster. Our crew center is also constantly getting updated to make sure we offer our pilots the latest features to make their experience with us as fun and simple as possible.
We are continuously looking for fun and exciting our ways to get our pilots in the air, or in the control tower. Whether it’s performing real life charter flights or delivery of aid to areas hit by natural disasters, our internal flight programs are religiously updated to give you a constant flow of adventures. We currently offer two unique and fun programs based off the real world procedures of UPS Airlines; with more planned to come. Our Hot Spare Program and Supply Chain Solutions Program offer our pilots the ability to fly outside of our normal operating procedures. From assisting in the annual Copper River Salmon Run from Alaska to Seattle, to last minute charter flights to help the UPS sponsored Ferrari F1 team ship some much needed race equipment to where ever they’re currently at around the globe, we cover it all.
Recently added to our VA is our very own internal IFATC Program where our pilots can earn flight hours for controlling at our operating hubs and destinations. Regardless of how you like to enjoy Infinite Flight, we have a place for you in our family.
About Our Hot Spare Program
What is a hot spare? Every night, UPS Airlines designates 14 different planes at 7 hub airports to be spare aircraft ready to launch at anytime, known as hot spares. The flight crew will preflight the empty aircraft and then wait to be launched to a gateway to rescue stranded packages, and then make the return flight back to the hub for sorting. Most commonly hot spares are launched because of an aircraft mechanical issue, additional volume, sick pilot, or weather. Once the call is made to launch a hot-spare, the aircraft needs to be in the air within 30 minutes or less to assure the packages will make service the next day. In 2014, UPS launched 275 hot spares, recovering over 1.5 million packages for about $32 million in revenue and a 90 percent effective on-time delivery rate.
🏆 Hot Spare Ace Award 🏆
Every month we will award our Hot Spare Ace Award given to the pilot who completes the most Hot Spare Routes in that month. This award will be added to your CC profile and you will also get a “Hot Spare Ace” role on Discord.
About Our Supply Chains Solutions Program
This program mimics the real world one that UPS currently utilizes in industries such as healthcare, aerospace, automotive, high tech, industrial products, E-commerce, retail, and more. We will also utilize this program for special one off flights or missions. You might find yourself delivering crucial aid and supplies to a country that just experienced a natural disaster or you might find yourself delivering much needed parts to the Ferrari F1 team for which we currently sponsor.
🏆 Supply Chain Solutions Award 🏆
Pilots who complete 20 or more Supply Chain Solutions routes will be awarded the Supply Chain Solutions Award. This award will be added to your CC profile and you will also get a “Supply Chain Award” role on Discord.
About Our IFATC Program
With the recent change in the IFATC schedule, we needed to get creative. What better way to get more of our operating airports open than to offer our very own IFATC certified pilots the ability to earn flight hours for controlling for our virtual airline.
🔰 IFATC Discord Role 🔰
UPS Virtual Pilots who are IFATC certified will be acknowledged on our Discord server with an “IFATC” member role visible to all others within our server. Our internal IFATC team will be relied on to keep our airports open during events, group flights, and for normal operations for our pilots and will be able to earn flight time multipliers for controlling when applicable. Your IFATC role is a big deal and we want to make sure you are rewarded for it.
From our inception, we’ve believed one aspect is the most important thing for our pilots - freedom. For the first time in UPS Virtual history, the entire real world schedule of UPS Airlines and our partners is available at your finger tips. With well over 1,000+ real world flights available to be booked and flown, we also give our pilots the freedom to fly any route outside of our published real world schedule by utilizing our hubs that are located all around the world with our Free to Fly Program (FFP). The possibilities are endless. The routes? Memorable. Our route database is updated regularly to make sure our routes continue to be accurate and our pilots continue to express their love for the unrestrictive, unlimited number of possible routes.
This recently launched flight program, which aims to reward our most elite pilots, will showcase our true commitment to freedom within our VA. Pilots are required to apply and need to meet a specific set of requirements to be accepted into the CFP. This exclusive program features a set amount of open spots available with more added on occasion and allows pilots to fly any of our corporate aircraft to any airport in the world. There are absolutely zero airport restrictions for these pilots. Additional perks include: flight time multiplier of 1.25x on al CFP flights, gate and pushback priority for all VA events and a dedicated Corporate Flight Pilot role within our Discord server.
Corporate Aircraft Fleet
• TBM930 (Both IF liveries)
• 737BBJ (IF livery)
• CRJ2 (IF livery)
• MD-11 (Private livery)
• Pilots must have over 700 hours with the VA.
• Pilots must fly at least 10 UPS Virtual flights a month at a minimum. Required to remain in the program.
• Pilot must be grade 4 or above to join. Not required to remain in the program.
• Check ride required for acceptance.
• Unanimous votes needed by UPSV Upper Staff for approval.
• Staff is also expected to meet and maintain these requirements.
UPS Virtual presents a diverse, prestigious ranking system that gives even the most experienced pilots on Infinite Flight new goals to strive for! With the release of Global, time-building became as easy as putting the plane in NAV Mode and waking up in 12 hours with tons of “experience.” Grade 5’s often mention their lack of new goals to reach, so we incorporated a unique system of ranking our pilots.
We also have adopted a Medal Award System for our pilots who have gone the extra nautical mile! For the pilots that go above and beyond, we have decided to recognize them in a special way. As pilots earn these medals, we’re proud to award them and recognize their hard work. Pilots who earn these medals are mentioned on a special thread in our Discord server.
Even with over 250+ worldwide destinations served, we realize there are areas of the world we need help getting to. Enter our strategic list of codeshare cargo partners with various and respectable VA’s. As seen recently, a new wave of cargo hauling has arrived where passenger airlines have now started to utilize their aircraft to fly cargo routes - we now offer this too. While some of these codeshares require specific ranks to utilize, there are two that are available from first hire. These codeshare partners are valuable to our virtual airline as they give our pilots unique destinations to fly to in addition to access to aircraft not typically flown by UPS Airlines.
|Air China Virtual||B77F||China Cargo||Open to all ranks|
|Ethiopian Virtual||B77F||Ethiopian Cargo||Open to all ranks|
|Ethiopian Virtual||MD-11F||Ethiopian Cargo||Open to all ranks|
|FedEx Virtual||B77F||TNT Cargo||Junior First Officer or above|
|United Virtual||B772||United||Junior Captain or above|
|United Virtual||B77W||United||Junior Captain or above|
|United Virtual||B789||United||Junior Captain or above|
|Cathay Pacific Virtual||A333||Cathay Pacific||Junior Captain or above|
|Cathay Pacific Virtual||A359||Cathay Pacific||Junior Captain or above|
|Cathay Pacific Virtual||B744||Cathay Pacific||Junior Captain or above|
|Cathay Pacific Virtual||B77W||Cathay Pacific||Junior Captain or above|
|Saudi Airlines Virtual||B77F||Saudi Airlines Cargo||Junior Captain or above|
We continue to accept new pilots! As is with any virtual airline, pilot applicants must meet certain requirements to be considered for hire. Everyone who wishes to join the airline must:
Be at least 14 years of age.
Be at least a Grade 3 on Infinite Flight Live.
Violation/landing ratio of .10 minimum.
Have at least 15 hours of flight time on Infinite Flight Live.
Have at least 50 landings on Infinite Flight Live.
Pass the UPS Virtual Entrance Exam with a score of at least 20/25.
Demonstrate a level of professionalism and knowledge in all aspects of aviation related to the virtual airline.
Submission of Infinite Flight grade table for verification.
Applicants must have a valid IFC account that is in good standing and must not be on the IFVARB blacklist.
Applicants must ensure that the written test has been completed. Applications without a completed written test will not be processed.
Prospective pilots must submit an Initial Application Form via UPS Virtual’s website. The initial Application will include information such as your name, Infinite Flight Community username, and email address. On the same page, pilots must take and submit our entrance exam with a passing score. Please note that all application communication will take place via the IFC.
Questions regarding UPS Virtual can be directed toward the @UPSVirtual account or any other member of the staff. We’d love to chat and would love even more to see you become a part of our virtual family.