Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fed Ex Take First 777 Freighter Delivery

New aircraft offers better efficiency for carrier
Shipping News Feature

USA - FedEx Express has taken delivery of its first 777 freighter from Boeing. The new aircraft promises to cut transit times from FedEx’s Memphis hub to its Asian depots by 1 to 3 hours, as well as offering greater payload and fuel efficiency.

The delivery is Boeing's ninth 777 freighter delivery and marks the first of the type to enter service with a U.S.-based global freight carrier. FedEx has ordered a total of 15 of the aircraft to date.

"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."

"The 777 Freighter will have a unique role for FedEx Express, providing exceptional range that brings new efficiency to the airline and its customers," said Kevin Schemm, vice president, North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"[This] will allow FedEx Express to operate point-to-point routes that save valuable flying time, coupled with outstanding fuel efficiency and environmental responsibility," he added.

The new aircraft uses 18 percent less fuel than the MD-11 Freighter that it supplements on the FedEx Express routes. The aircraft also has reduced maintenance cost and provides quieter takeoffs and landings so as to meet increasingly tough airport noise standards. Boeing has currently received orders for a total of seventy-one 777 Freighters.

(pic: © The Boeing Company)