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FedEx Express takes delivery of first Cessna SkyCourier

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Textron Aviation on May 9 announced the first delivery of the Cessna SkyCourier twin utility turboprop to FedEx Express. This is the first of 50 freighter aircraft that global logistics firm FedEx Express ordered as the Cessna SkyCourier’s launch customer. The clean-sheet aircraft achieved Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification in March 2022.

The Cessna SkyCourier is designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation Inc.

In addition to the initial fleet order, FedEx Express has options for 50 more SkyCourier aircraft. Members of the FedEx Express design and engineering teams participated in Textron Aviation’s Customer Advisory Board to help shape the aircraft’s design, features and serviceability.

FedEx donates $3.5 million to Orbis in support of sight-saving ‘Flying Eye Hospital’

FedEx Corporation has announced its renewed commitment to Orbis International’s sight-saving mission with a US$3.5 million donation to help provide financial, logistics and operational support to the organization and its Flying Eye Hospital over the next five years.

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a mobile teaching hospital that travels the world providing vision-saving eye surgeries and training to local eye care teams. Orbis’s cadre of more than 400 volunteer medical experts – including doctors, nurses, and others – carry out the trainings and procedures free of charge. FedEx donated the MD-10 aircraft and provides aircraft parts, maintenance, and pilot training at no cost to Orbis. The aircraft is flown by FedEx Express pilots who volunteer during their time off to navigate the plane around the world on Orbis missions. FedEx has supported Orbis for more than 33 years through more than US$27 million in donations and in-kind shipping.

Onboard a FedEx-donated MD-10 aircraft, Orbis’s iconic Flying Eye Hospital is the world’s only fully equipped ophthalmic teaching and training hospital. Orbis is a global organization that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness, restore vision, and help ensure no one loses their sight to preventable or treatable conditions. For nearly four decades, the Flying Eye Hospital has traveled the world delivering best-in-class training for eye care professionals in areas with the greatest need.

Last year, Orbis’s virtual Flying Eye Hospital projects had over 850 enrollments by participants from nine countries. Orbis expects to reach 20 countries through its virtual Flying Eye Hospital projects this year

These efforts are part of the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 campaign to positively impact 50 million people around the world by our 50th anniversary in 2023.

Atlas Air now operates two Boeing 747-400Fs for FedEx Express

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. has announced its subsidiary Atlas Air, Inc. has entered into a long-term agreement with FedEx to provide two 747-400 freighter aircraft on a full-time aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) basis. This new agreement is in addition to the company’s existing multi-year peak season contract that provides FedEx with a minimum of five aircraft during the fourth quarter.

Both 747-400 freighters have entered service and are flying on behalf of FedEx to support their growing express and e-commerce network.

“We are pleased to grow our long-term relationship with FedEx. This agreement reflects the continued strong demand for airfreight capacity, particularly in the express and e-commerce markets,” said John W. Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “Atlas is a leader in supporting express networks, with a focus on operating the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft to deliver high levels of on-time performance for our customers.”

FedEx Express to add Paine Field in the north Seattle area

FedEx Express Boeing 757-23A (F) N938FD (msn 24292) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954655.

FedEx Express will expand its Seattle-area operations with a new ramp operation at Paine Field Snohomish County Airport in Everett, Wash., beginning in the fall of 2021.

A new daily Boeing 757-200 flight will operate Monday through Friday between Paine Field and the FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis, Tenn. offering north Seattle-area customers in 37 ZIP codes extended pickup times by up to two hours. The new flight will also offer earlier market delivery times, additional dry ice capabilities, and increased overall market capacity.

FedEx will occupy a 19.24-acre, 68,745-square foot facility, and the grounds offer the ability to expand with additional gates.

Top Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 757-23A (F) N938FD (msn 24292) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954655.

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FedEx Express operates the last MD-10-10F revenue flight, delivers 1.35 million COVID-19 doses to Mexico

FedEx Express operated the last McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10 (F) (converted and upgraded DC-10-10) revenue cargo flight with N562FE on June 2, 2021 between San Juan and the Memphis hub. All aircraft are now in storage awaiting disposal.

FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F (DC-10-10F) N559FE (msn 46930) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946789.

Above Copyright Photo: FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F (DC-10-10F) N559FE (msn 46930) ONT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946789.

In other news, FedEx also delivered 1.35 million COVID-19 doses to Mexico. The company made this announcement:

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, on June 15 announced that it has safely delivered 1.35 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses to Toluca, Mexico, in coordination with Direct Relief and the United States and Mexican governments.

The delivery marks the first shipment of vaccines for Direct Relief and FedEx and the first COVID-19 vaccine delivery by FedEx into Mexico. As an integral part of the global vaccine supply chain, FedEx is delivering COVID-19 vaccines, related ingredients, and supplies to 40 countries throughout the world. FedEx Express moved the vaccine shipment from Memphis, TN, to Toluca, Mexico, via FedEx International Freight® supported by FedEx Priority Alert® advanced monitoring.

FedEx has delivered more than 13,000 COVID-19-related charitable shipments since January 2020, and the company has committed $4 million in cash and in-kind transportation support to nonprofits serving communities in the U.S. and around the world including Direct Relief.

Since the pandemic began, FedEx has moved more than 90 kilotons of personal protective equipment (PPE) around the world. In addition to widespread delivery throughout the U.S. and Canada, FedEx is also delivering COVID-19 vaccines to U.S. service members at military bases overseas for the Defense Logistics Agency, and is working closely with the Canadian government and healthcare companies to ship COVID-19 vaccines to Canadians living abroad.

FedEx will continue to deliver lifesaving medicine, personal protective equipment, and other critical supplies until this pandemic is over. The movement of vaccines and relief is aligned with the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 goal to positively impact 50 million people around the world by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2023. Learn more about FedEx COVID-19 vaccine and relief delivery here.

Empire Airlines takes delivery of its first ATR 72-600F

Empire Airlines (Idaho) (Coeur d’Alene) has announced on social media it has taken delivery of its first ATR 72-600F (N701FE) which was delivered and ferried from Toulouse to Spokane on May 24-26, 2021.

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Empire Airlines is excited to be first in the nation to take delivery of the new FedEx ATR 72-600F. This is the second ATR 72-600F to roll off the assembly line. Empire Airlines was chosen as the US launch operator for this aircraft.

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FedEx becomes Official Sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, celebrates the 100th Boeing 767

"100th Boeing 767 FedEx" special logo

FedEx Corporation and UEFA have signed a three-year agreement in which FedEx will sponsor the UEFA Champions League commencing at the start of the 2021/22 tournament and extending for three editions through to 2023/24. The agreement also includes sponsorship rights for the UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Youth League finals, the UEFA Champions League Futsal finals and UEFA eChampions League.

The sponsorship builds on the existing relationship with UEFA. FedEx became a main sponsor of the UEFA Europa League in 2015 and a UEFA National Team Football sponsor in 2019.  FedEx is also the Official Logistics Partner of UEFA EURO 2020 taking place in the summer of 2021 across multiple European host cities.

This new sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League reaffirms FedEx as a long-standing sponsor of UEFA.

In 2016, FedEx became the first sponsor to begin collaborating with the UEFA Foundation for Children, using football as a tool to deliver positive and social impact in communities around the world. Alongside sponsorship of the UEFA Europa League and UEFA EURO 2020, FedEx and the UEFA Foundation have delivered safe community football fields in Spain, Poland, Brazil, and South Africa and have rolled out a co-funded “Football for Employability” program benefitting young adults in Romania, Hungary, England and Ireland. FedEx also invited local children to be player mascots at UEFA Europa League finals in collaboration with non-profit organizations in Stockholm (Sweden), Lyon (France) and Baku (Azerbaijan), where an all-girl player mascot line-up made footballing history.

“Our global sponsorship of UEFA Champions League will deliver unrivalled opportunities for our brand, team members, customers, and communities. Aligning our brand with world class sports performance allows us to connect our services to our audiences through the passion and emotions generated by sports and enables us to contribute positively to our local communities,” said Brie Carere, executive vice president, chief marketing and communications officer, FedEx Corp.

“We’ll continue to explore powerful social responsibility collaborations with the UEFA Foundation for Children, as we have done throughout our UEFA Europa League sponsorship.”

“FedEx has proved to be an incredibly valued UEFA partner. We are delighted they are continuing their evolution with us, which started in 2015 and now sees them supporting our flagship club competition, the UEFA Champions League,” said UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein. “The UEFA Champions League is the world’s greatest club competition, and we are looking forward to working with FedEx closely over the next three years to help them activate their numerous projects. They will benefit not just the footballing community, but also look to have a positive impact on the environment”.

In other news, the company is preparing to take delivery of the 100th Boeing 767. N277FE carries this special logo on the rear fuselage.

Top and Above Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 767-300F ER N277FE (msn 66246) (100th Boeing 767 FedEx) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 953640.

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FedEx commits to carbon-neutral operations by 2040

FedEx Corporation, home of the world’s largest cargo airline, announced an ambitious goal to achieve carbonneutral operations globally by 2040 

To help reach this goal, FedEx is designating more than $2 billion of initial investment in three key areas: vehicle electrification, sustainable energy, and carbon sequestration. 

This includes a pledge of $100 million to Yale University to help establish the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture, accelerating research into methods of carbon sequestration at scale, with an initial focus on helping to offset greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to current airline emissions.   

We have a responsibility to take bold action in addressing climate challenges,” said Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and CEO, FedEx Corp. This goal builds on our longstanding commitment to sustainability throughout our operations, while at the same time investing in long-term, transformational solutions for FedEx and our entire industry.” 

Key steps toward reaching the carbon neutral goal include 

  • Vehicle Electrification. By 2040, the entire FedEx parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet will be zeroemission electric vehicles. This will be accomplished through phased programs to replace existing vehicles. For example, by 2025, 50% of FedEx Express global PUD vehicle purchases will be electric, rising to 100% of all purchases by 2030.  
  • Sustainable Customer Solutions. FedEx will work with customers to offer end-to-end sustainability for their supply chains through carbonneutral shipping offerings and sustainable packaging solutions. 
  • Sustainable FuelsFedEx will continue to invest in alternative fuels to reduce aircraft and vehicle emissions.  
  • Fuel Conservation and Aircraft Modernization. FedEx will build on its successful FedEx Fuel Sense initiatives designed to reduce fuel consumption in its aircraft. Since 2012, the FedEx Fuel Sense and Aircraft Modernization programs have saved a combined 1.43 billion gallons of jet fuel and avoided over 13.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. 
  • Facilities. FedEx will continue efforts to make its more than 5,000 facilities worldwide more sustainable through continued investments in efficient facilities, renewable energy, and other energy management programs.  
  • Natural Carbon Sequestration. FedEx funding will help to establish the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture to support applied research into natural carbon sequestration solutions 

The path toward sustainability requires new strategies for removing and storing Earth’s excess carbon. The Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture will catalyze interdisciplinary research across the natural sciences and engineering in an effort to accelerate this work.  

Center researchers will develop methods that build on natural carbon storage systems, including biological ecosystems and the geological carbon cycle, improving, where possible, how quickly carbon can be absorbed, how much can be contained, and how long it can be stored. Through these efforts, Yale scientists aim to create a portfolio of carbon removal strategies that have impacts on a global scale.  

Building upon initial successes in the aviation sector, the center will broaden its scope to address additional global sources of emissions – publishing and sharing its findings so that businesses, industries, and governments can benefit from work that will accelerate the adoption and implementation of natural carbon capture strategies around the world. 

“Addressing climate change is a complex challenge that demands urgent action, and natural carbon capture strategies will be one key part of that action,” said Dr. Ingrid C. “Indy” Burke, the Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the Yale School of the Environment. “Through the creation of the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture, we aim to develop measurable carbon capture strategies to help offset carbon emissions globally.” 

The FedEx commitment builds on a history of sustainable practices. Since 2009, the company’s efforts have contributed to an approximately 40% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity across the enterprise while package volume increased 99% during that period. Recently, FedEx was ranked first in its industry on JUST Capital’s 2021 list of “America’s Most Just Companies” in the environment category and first in the travel, transport and logistics sector of Newsweek’s “America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021.” 

While we’ve made great strides in reducing our environmental impact, we have to do more. The long-term health of our industry is directly linked to the health of the planet, but this effort is about more than the bottom line – it’s the right thing to do,” said Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx Corp. “At FedEx, we are committed to connecting people and possibilities resourcefully and responsiblyThe steps we are taking today will contribute a positive impact for generations to come.”  

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