FedEx: World’s Largest Cargo Airline

by Abubakar Shoaib

Federal Express Corporation, branded as FedEx Express, formerly branded as just Federal Express, is a cargo airline based in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. In 2017, it was the world’s largest airline in terms of freight tons flown and the world’s ninth-largest in terms of fleet size. It is the namesake and leading subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, delivering freight and packages to more than 375 destinations across six continents each day.

FedEx Fleet

FedEx Express operates the world’s largest cargo air fleet with more than 650 aircraft and is the largest Airbus A300, ATR 42, Cessna 208, McDonnell Douglas DC-10/MD-10, and the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. The company delivered the last Boeing 727 built in September 1984 and the last A300/A310 built in July 2007.

A FedEx Boeing 767F made a harrowing landing in LAX on August 19th.

Photo: FedEx

FedEx Feeder

FedEx Feeder is the branding applied to all FedEx Express propeller-driven aircraft that feed packages to and from airports served by larger jet aircraft. In the United States (along with Morningstar Air Express in Canada), FedEx Express operates FedEx Feeder on a dry lease program where the contractor will lease the aircraft from the FedEx fleet and provide a crew to operate the aircraft solely for FedEx. All of the feeder aircraft operated in the United States, plus the Morningstar feeder and mainline fleet, are owned by FedEx, and because of this, all of the aircraft are in the FedEx Feeder livery.


Environmental Initiatives

In 2003, FedEx Express introduced hybrid electric/diesel trucks into its fleet. At the time, the company had hoped to replace its entire 30,000 W700 delivery truck fleet with the hybrid, but in June 2009, only 170 were on the road. In 2009, FedEx Express partnered with Iveco and started a new hybrid electric/diesel vans test program. The test program consisted of ten hybrid vans deployed in the Italian cities of Milan and Turin. FedEx Express has set a goal of getting 30 percent of its jet fuel from petroleum alternatives by 2030.

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