FedEx Express, an operating company of Memphis, Tennessee-based express shipping company FedEx Corp., has taken delivery of the first of 50 Boeing 767-300 Freighters it has on order.
The delivery supports the carrier’s strategy to modernize the FedEx Express fleet with more efficient freighters, according to Boeing.
“Today’s delivery of our first Boeing 767 Freighter is another step forward in our fleet modernization strategy,” says James Parker, executive vice president of air operations for FedEx Express.
“The 767 is approximately 30 per cent more fuel efficient and has unit operating costs that are more than 20 per cent lower than the aircraft they will replace,” adds Parker. “The net effect is an aircraft that is more affordable to operate and has lower carbon emissions because of better fuel efficiency.”
FedEx Express ordered 50 Boeing 767-300 Freighters to replace Boeing/McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10 freighters on its domestic network, the new aircraft (according to Boeing) offering fuel, maintenance and cost savings over the older, three-engine aircraft.
The carrier will also gain additional efficiency through the ability to share parts, tooling and flight simulators between its 767-300 Freighter fleet and the more than 70 purpose-built Boeing 757 Freighters that FedEx Express already has in service.
Boeing based the 767 Freighter on the Boeing 767-300ER passenger jet. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 Freighter is suitable for developing new long-haul, regional or feeder markets.
The 767-300F joins other Boeing freighters such as the MD-10, MD-11, 757 and the 777 in the FedEx Express fleet.
UPS Airlines, the air operations wing of rival express-delivery giant UPS, already operates 56 Boeing 767-300 Freighters ordered new and has three more on order.