FedEx Express has taken delivery of its first
Boeing 777 Freighter. The aircraft is Boeing's ninth 777 Freighter
delivery and the first 777 Freighter to enter service with a
U.S.-based global freight carrier.
"The 777F is a game changer," said Michael L.
Ducker, president, International, FedEx Express. "Its operational
efficiencies and environmental benefits alone are impressive, but
combine those advantages with the service improvements it delivers
and FedEx Express will be able to take international shipping to
another level. Our customers around the world will benefit from
more point-to-point routes and the shorter flight times,
increasing their competitiveness in the global marketplace."
With the 777 Freighter, transit times from points in Asia to
the FedEx hub in Memphis, Tenn., for example, will drop by one to
three hours compared with the MD-11 Freighter. This will allow
FedEx to accept packages from its customers later in the day and
still deliver them on time.
In the FedEx Express operation, the 777
Freighter can fly 5,800 nautical miles (6,675 statute miles,
10,740 km), an increase of 2,100 nautical miles (2,410 statute
miles, 3,890 km) versus the airline's MD-11 Freighter fleet.
FedEx 777 Freighter has a revenue payload capacity of 215,000
pounds (97.5 metric tons), a 37,000-pound (16.7-metric-ton)
increase over the MD-11 Freighter.
The 777 Freighter also uses
18% less fuel than the MD-11 Freighter on comparable FedEx
Express routes, reduces maintenance cost and provides quieter
takeoffs and landings that meet airport noise standards.
Some 58 customers have ordered more than 1,100 777s, including 71
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