Toulouse, France - Airbus has begun to test UPS's first A300-600F of which avionics are upgraded by the American aerospace company Honeywell.
The modified Airbus A300-600F (MSN 868) carried out its first flight on Sept. 12 to test the functionality of the cockpit equipment.
UPS expects to take delivery of the first Airbus A300-600F in the second-half of 2020 after the systems are certified by the US and European regulators.
The modified cockpit of the A300-600F features an improved electronic flight instrumentation system based on Honeywell's Primus Epic solution.
The US cargo carrier signed for the upgrade with Airbus and Honeywell in May 2017. The contract covers the renovation of the avionics of UPS's 52 A300-600 Freighter jets.
"The modification will allow UPS to operate the widebody freighters until 2030 or beyond,"
The upgrade also meets the requirements of the US regulator's NextGen air traffic control modernization project.