UPS Pilots Make Aviation History

For some sons, a seven-day trip across the country and back with their mother might sound like a drag. For UPSers’ A300 First Officer Nick Donner and his mom, Captain Terri Donner, it was a part of aviation history.

The Donners became the first mother/son flight crew to fly together for a major U.S. airline when they departed Worldport in Louisville, Kentucky, for Lubbock, Texas, June 29.

“It’s been an absolute dream come true to see him fly for UPS,” Terri says. “And once things started to fall into place for us to fly together, it was very exciting.”

It wasn’t the first time they’d been in the air together. Far from it, in fact. Between small planes and the family’s hot air balloons, which Nick and his brothers race competitively, the Donners are a family of flight.

“I’ve been flying and around airplanes my whole life,” Nick says. “Mom was obviously a big part of that, taking me up in small planes when I was young. So as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a pilot.”

“The people of UPS Airlines have been making history since our startup 30 years ago," Matt Capozzoli, President, Flight Operations for UPS Airlines. "Our people, like all UPSers, have a desire for accomplishing what's never been done before. Terri and Nick are great examples of that spirit.”