FedEx Express

FedEx Express

FedEx Express is a cargo airline based in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. It is the world's largest airline in terms of aircraft, operating 672 planes and in terms of freight tons flown. It is a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and delivers packages and freight to more than 220 countries each day.

Its headquarters are in Memphis with its global "SuperHub" located at Memphis International Airport; with regional hubs at Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Oakland, Newark, Anchorage, Paris, Subic Bay, Toronto, and Miami. FedEx Express has hubs under construction at Greensboro, NC and Guangzhou, China.

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Fleet

FedEx Express operates the world's largest civil air fleet with 672 aircraft:
FedEx Express fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Airbus A300-600 68
Airbus A310-200/300 66
Boeing 727-200 85 Exiting from service 2008-2016
Replacement aircraft: Boeing 757-200
Fitted with hush kits
Boeing 757-200 16
(74 used orders)
Entry into service: 2008-2016
Replacing Boeing 727-200
Boeing 777 Freighter (15 orders)
(15 options)
Entry into service: 2009-2011
Replacing McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 and DC-10-30
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 4 Exiting from service: 2009-2011
Replacement aircraft: Boeing 777 Freighter
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 10 Exiting from service: 2009-2011
Replacement aircraft: Boeing 777 Freighter
McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10 58
McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30 10
McDonnell Douglas MD-11 58
ATR 42-300/320 27 Operated as FedEx Feeder
ATR 72-200 13 Operated as FedEx Feeder
Cessna Caravan 208B 242 Operated as FedEx Feeder
Cessna Caravan 208A 10 Operated as FedEx Feeder
Fokker F-27 4 Operated as FedEx Feeder
Exiting from service

FedEx Express is the largest operator of the Airbus A300, Airbus A310, ATR 42, Boeing 727, Cessna 208, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and the McDonnell Douglas MD-11.

FedEx Express had ordered ten Airbus A380 freighters, with options on ten more. FedEx was to be the launch airline for the Airbus A380-800F and planned to introduce the first aircraft to service in August 2008 for use on routes between hubs in the United States and Asia. The aircraft ordered were to be delivered between 2008 and 2011 With A380 delays of more than two years, FedEx canceled these orders and replaced them with an order from Boeing for fifteen 777 Freighters with an option for fifteen more, to be delivered in 2009 through 2011. FedEx said that Airbus will allow them to move their nonrefundable deposits to purchases of future aircraft. FedEx has stated they may consider the A380F when Airbus is less constrained by construction developments.

In 2007, FedEx revealed plans to acquire 90 Boeing 757-200 aircraft at a cost of US$2.6 billion to replace the aging Boeing 727 fleet. The 757's debut for revenue service was on May 28, 2008.

The very first Dassault Falcon 20C delivered to FedEx (N8FE) is on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian Institution.

In September 1984, FedEx took delivery of the last Boeing 727 built.

On July 12, 2007 FedEx took delivery of the last A300/A310 built.

FedEx Express is the largest member of the United States Civil Reserve Air Fleet in terms of aircraft pledged.

To be able to respond quickly to demand, FedEx Express tends keeps a number of empty planes in the air to respond quickly to changing freight demands.

FedEx Feeder

FedEx Feeder is the branding applied to all FedEx Express prop aircraft which feed packages to and from airports served by larger jet aircraft.

In most cases FedEx Express operates FedEx Feeder on a wet lease program where a contractor will lease the aircraft and supply the crew and insurance while FedEx will supply the aircraft, registration, landing fees, and ground crews. Some flights may operate with a FedEx Express flight number (FX) but most flights use the flight number of the contractor.

List of contract carriers:

In the European Union

It was announced on 18th December 2006 that FedEx Express had bought the courier company ANC for £120 million. ANC operated as a separate entity, but accepting and delivering FedEx's shipments, until 17th September 2007 when it was renamed as FedEx UK. The acquisition brought about an extra 35 sort locations for FedEx in the United Kingdom.

FedEx operated cargo flights to Manchester Airport between September 2007 and August 2008 which operated from Memphis International Airport to Charles de Gaulle International Airport direct, returning via Manchester to Memphis.

The London Stansted Airport operations are comprised of direct flights to Newark, Memphis, and Indianapolis.

It has also been announced that FedEx will start operations from Newcastle Airport in the North to its European hub at Charles de Gaulle Airport. From Paris, the cargo can be flown to almost anywhere in the world. The Newcastle flights themselves will be operated by Farnair.

Fedex also operates cargo flights to Portela Airport.

Environmental initiatives

In 2003, FedEx Express bagan introducing hybrid electric/diesel trucks to its fleet, at the time FedEx had hoped to replace its entire 30,000 W700 delivery truck fleet with the hybrid. As of October 2008, FedEx only had 172 hybrid trucks on the road. FedEx blamed the low number on lack of investment from other major companies in hybrid technology. FedEx had hoped for other companies to order hybrid trucks and tax credits would be issued by the United States government to bring the cost of the trucks down.

FedEx claims that the truck decreases soot by 96 percent and emissions by 65 percent. FedEx also claims that the truck gets more than 50% better gas millage while still having the same cargo capacity as a conventional truck.

Currently, FedEx Express operates 93 hybrid trucks in the United States in New York, Tampa, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.. The rest of the trucks operate in operate in Tokyo, Toronto, and Turin.

Major incidents and accidents

Northrop Grumman Guardian

In 2003, FedEx Express partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and Northrop Grumman to develop and flight test an anti-missile system, the Northrop Grumman Guardian that could be deployed on commercial airliners, to protect them from terrorist attacks such as the 2003 Baghdad DHL attempted shootdown incident. FedEx supplied an MD-11 and a leased 747 for the flight test phase. FedEx then became the first air carrier to deploy the Guardian on a commercial flight in September, 2006, when they equipped a MD-10 freighter with the pod, FedEx Express currently has nine aircraft equipped with the system for further testing and evaluation. Because of the program's huge success, the US Congress directed DHS to expand the program to passenger-carrying aircraft.

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