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Return of Panda Express: FedEx returns Bei Bei to China

"FedEx Panda Express" (3rd) takes Bei Bei back to China

FedEx Express has brought back its special “Panda Express” markings on the pictured Boeing 777-FHT N883FD. It is third time a FDX 777 has worn the special Panda markings.

Previously N850FD wore the Panda marking on February 4, 2010 followed by N885FD on February 21, 2017.

On November 19, the freighter is pictured at Washington (Dulles) on a 16 hours, 22 minutes 9204 miles nonstop flight to CTU (Chengdu, China) returning Bei Bei, the Panda, from the National Zoo in Washington D.C. to his new home at the Bifengxia Panda Base.

"FedEx Panda Express" (3rd) takes Bei Bei back to China

FedEx Express made this announcement:

Bei Bei (BAY-BAY), the 4-year-old giant panda, began his journey to China this morning. FedEx Corp. is providing safe transport for this precious cargo as he is returned home to aid the world’s conservation efforts for this endangered species. Bei Bei departed the Smithsonian’s National Zoo at 9:30 a.m. for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia where he will board a dedicated FedEx 777F plane bound for Chengdu, China. The non-stop flight will take about 16 hours.

On the morning of the departure, the Zoo’s panda team arrived at 6:30 a.m. to finalize preparations for Bei Bei’s departure. Bei Bei received his last “American breakfast” of bamboo and leafeater biscuits and spent time in his outdoor habitat. Already acclimated from daily training, Bei Bei was called back indoors by assistant curator of giant pandas, Laurie Thompson, and then into the custom travel crate at approximately 8:15 a.m. Zoo staff moved the crate onto a specially decorated forklift that traveled carefully out of the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat through the Zoo and was loaded on a FedEx truck.

The “FedEx Panda Express,” a custom-decaled 777F aircraft, departed at noon on November 19 from Dulles International Airport. The dedicated flight is part of the company’s FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative. FedEx uses its global network and logistics expertise to help organizations with mission-critical needs in times of disaster and for special shipments.  “FedEx is honored to be entrusted with Bei Bei’s journey to his new home in China,” said Richard W. Smith, executive vice president of Global Support, regional president of the U.S., FedEx Express. “Our team of skilled logistics experts, pilots and drivers take great pride in using their expertise to help support efforts to preserve this beloved, rare animal.”

The specialized travel crate built for FedEx is made of steel and plexiglass and weighs approximately 800 pounds. Laurie Thompson, who has cared for Bei Bei since his birth, and Don Neiffer, chief veterinarian at the Zoo, will make the 8,508-mile trip with him. They will continuously monitor Bei Bei during the trip and are traveling with a supply of his favorite treats, including 66 pounds of bamboo, 2 pounds of apples and pears, two bags of leafeater biscuits, 2 pounds of cooked sweet potatoes and water.

The panda team prepared Bei Bei for the move to make sure he is comfortable and safe during his journey. To slowly acclimate him to the travel crate, keepers asked Bei Bei to walk through it every day. After he became comfortable doing that, they got him used to spending short periods of time in it with the doors closed.

Upon arrival in Chengdu, Bei Bei’s new keepers from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda will meet him on the tarmac and drive him to Bifenxia Panda Base where he will stay in quarantine for approximately 30 days. The American team will follow, and Thompson will remain with Bei Bei for a few days while he acclimates to his new home. Bei Bei will enter the giant panda breeding program when he reaches sexual maturity between 6 and 7 years old.

Giant pandas are listed as “vulnerable” in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are an estimated 1,800 in the wild. FedEx supports the movement of rescued or endangered animals across the country and around the world as part of its commitment to sustainability. FedEx also donated dedicated aircrafts to bring Bei Bei’s older brother Tai Shan to China in 2010, older sister Bao Bao to China in 2017 and their parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, to the United States in 2000.

Top Two Copyright Photos: FedEx Express Boeing 777-FHT N883FD (msn 39285) (FedEx Panda Express) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 948339.

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FedEx Express to retire its McDonnell Douglas MD-10 fleet

Remaining MD-10-30Fs to be retired in FY 2022

FedEx Express is gradually retiring its McDonnell Douglas MD-10 (modernized DC-10) fleet with the arrival of new Boeing 767-300 freighters.

The current MD-10-10F fleet is down to 17 aircraft. 9 are expected to be retired in the current fiscal year. By the end of 2021 fiscal year, the remaining aircraft will be retired.

The current MD-10-30F fleet is down to 12 aircraft. The MD-10-30Fs will be retired by its 2022 fiscal year.

In addition, the company is also planning the retirement of its remaining three Airbus A310-300s.

Top Copyright Photo: FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-10-30F (DC-10-30F) N321FE (msn 47836) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 924950.

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FedEx sues the U.S. Department of Commerce

FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) N576FE (msn 48501) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946777.

FedEx has issued this statement:

FedEx Corporation has announced that it has filed suit in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia seeking to enjoin the U.S. Department of Commerce from enforcing prohibitions contained in the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) against FedEx. FedEx believes that the EAR violate common carriers’ rights to due process under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as they unreasonably hold common carriers strictly liable for shipments that may violate the EAR without requiring evidence that the carriers had knowledge of any violations. This puts an impossible burden on a common carrier such as FedEx to know the origin and technological make-up of contents of all the shipments it handles and whether they comply with the EAR.

As a company that is committed to complying with all laws and regulations in the countries we serve, FedEx strongly supports the objectives of U.S. export control laws. We have invested heavily in our internal export control compliance program. However, we believe that the EAR, as currently constructed and implemented, place an unreasonable burden on FedEx to police the millions of shipments that transit our network every day. FedEx is a transportation company, not a law enforcement agency.

FedEx will continue to defend our rights as a U.S. based global company, and we remain committed to delivering outstanding service to our customers in all countries around the world.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): FedEx Express McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) N576FE (msn 48501) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946777.

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Photo of the Day: The first Boeing 737-800BCF for West Atlantic in FedEx Express livery

Boeing has released this photo:

Exciting to see the 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter opening new doors for operators, particularly express cargo carriers. Operated by GECAS leasing customer West Atlantic, this 737-800 — the first BCF in FedEx Express livery — is preparing for its maiden revenue flight.

FedEx Express orders 12 Boeing 767-300Fs and 12 777F freighters

FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N892FD (msn 38707) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942466.

Boeing and FedEx Express today announced a new order for 12 Boeing 767-300 Freighters and 12 777F Freighters as the world’s largest air cargo carrier continues to invest in the industry’s most capable freighters to better serve its customers.

Image: Boeing.

The new airplanes, valued at $6.6 billion at list prices, will appear on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries webpage once contingencies have been met.

This order comes as the air cargo industry continues to gather strength. A year after demand grew by nearly 10 percent, global air freight is on track to increase by another four to five percent in 2018.

Air cargo carriers are adding capacity to keep up with demand, either by converting passenger airplanes into freighters or ordering new production cargo jets. With the latest order from FedEx Express, Boeing has sold more than 50 widebody freighters so far in 2018.

FedEx Express and Boeing have a long-standing partnership. The express carrier is a major operator of the Boeing 757 Freighter and the largest operator of the 767 Freighter and 777 Freighter. FedEx is also a customer of Boeing’s Global Services business.

The 767 Freighter, based on the 767-300ER (extended range) passenger jet, can carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, making it a flexible platform for serving long-haul, regional or feeder markets.

The 777 Freighter is the world’s longest range twin-engine freighter. The jet can fly 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a payload of 112 tons (102 metric tonnes or 102,000 kg). With the 777 Freighter, FedEx has been able to connect Asia with its hub in Memphis, Tenn. non-stop and reduce transit times by up to three hours. This has enabled FedEx to accept packages later in the day and still deliver them on time.

The 777 Freighter also uses 18 percent less fuel compared to the airplanes it replaces, and provides quieter takeoffs and landings that meet airport noise standards.

Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N892FD (msn 38707) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942466.

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The first commercial aircraft to fly using 100% biofuel

Boeing-FedEx "ecoDemonstrator Program"

Boeing made this announcement on social media:

This FedEx Express Boeing 777F Freighter is the first commercial aircraft to fly using 100% biofuel. The “sky’s the limit” for our ecoDemonstrator Program to deliver new technologies to meet environmental goals.

Boeing previously announced the innovative program in November 2017 for the 777F:

To most, it looked like a normal delivery to FedEx Express recently when Boeing Commercial Airplanes handed over the keys to a 777 Freighter. Yet, the special decals attached to the fuselage indicated it will be the next ecoDemonstrator, the fifth iteration of the flight test program.

It will be the first time a 777 is used for the ecoDemonstrator flying testbed, having used a 737, 787, 757 and Embraer airplane in previous years. To date, the ecoDemonstrator program has tested more than 80 technologies using four airplanes as flying test beds.

In 2018, Boeing and FedEx plan to work together to test more than 35 technologies aboard the FedEx-owned 777 Freighter, including flight deck enhancements, compact thrust reverser and advanced materials.

Before testing innovations that could enhance flight safety and efficiency, the airplane will first go into revenue service in the FedEx fleet through the end of the year, flying international routes. The freighter will be returned to Boeing in January, when it will serve as the ecoDemonstrator testbed through May.

“Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program plays an important role in the company’s innovation and environmental strategy,” said Mike Sinnett, Commercial Airplanes vice president of Product Strategy and Future Airplane Development. “By using flight testing to accelerate new technologies, we can move development along, off the critical path.”

Some of the technology, with the goal of reducing emissions and noise, also can improve airlines’ gate-to-gate efficiency and other operational goals. Proven ecoDemonstrator technologies and processes might be incorporated into existing production models, made available for in-service fleets or applied to new airplane development programs.

After testing is completed, the airplane will be returned to FedEx in original condition so the carrier can return the airplane to service in its fleet.

By Bret Jensen

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Boeing): FedEx Express Boeing 777F N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939725.

Bottom Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 777F N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941665.

FedEx Express Boeing 777F N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 941665.

FedEx commits to more than $3.2 billion in wage increases, bonuses, pension funding and expanded U.S. capital investment

FedEx Express Boeing 767-3S2F ER N121FE (msn 43545) SAN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 932269.

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) on January 26, 2018 three three major programs following the recently enacted U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

1) Over $200 million in increased compensation, about two-thirds of which will go to hourly team members by advancing 2018 annual pay increases by six months to April 1st from the normal October date. The remainder will fund increases in performance-based incentive plans for salaried personnel.

2) A voluntary contribution of $1.5 billion to the FedEx pension plan to ensure it remains one of the best funded retirement programs in the country.

3) Investing $1.5 billion to significantly expand the FedEx Express Indianapolis hub over the next seven years. The Memphis SuperHub will also be modernized and enlarged in a major program the details of which will be announced later this spring.

FedEx believes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will likely increase GDP and investment in the United States.

The company has made no change to its fiscal 2018 earnings or capital expenditure guidance as issued on December 19, 2017, as a result of these actions.

Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 767-3S2F ER N121FE (msn 43545) SAN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 932269.

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FedEx Express to introduce a new feeder aircraft

 

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FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, has announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with Textron Aviation, Inc., a Textron Inc. company, that will continue the modernization of the company’s fleet of feeder aircraft.

FedEx Express has agreed to purchase 50 clean-sheet design Cessna SkyCourier 408 aircraft, with options to purchase up to 50 additional aircraft. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in mid-2020, with subsequent deliveries on a schedule of one aircraft per month over a four-year period.

Cessna SkyCourier 408 key features:

  • twin-engine, high-wing turboprop
  • digital cockpit
  • aft Large Cargo Door (LCD)
  • flat floor cabin equipped to handle up to three LD3 containers and a 6,000 lb. maximum payload

The Cessna SkyCourier 408 will be assembled by Textron Aviation in Wichita, Kansas. The twin-engine, high-wing turboprop has almost twice the volumetric capacity of the single engine Cessna Caravan 208 currently in the FedEx Express feeder fleet. Unlike FedEx’s current feeder aircraft, the aircraft has a large 87” x 69” cargo door, which will support container and pallet operations. The large cargo doors will help FedEx to provide even faster service to air freight customers who ship to or from smaller markets in its network.

Earlier this month, FedEx announced the purchase of 30 ATR 72-600F aircraft with the option to purchase up to 20 more as a first step to modernizing the company’s feeder fleet. “These aircraft purchases are part of our long-term feeder fleet strategy,” said Greg Hall, Executive Vice President of Air Operations, FedEx Express. “That strategy will not only improve our fuel efficiency and fleet reliability, but thanks to a collaborative training program we are planning, will create a reliable pipeline of well-qualified pilot applicants for FedEx Express pilot jobs, leveraging the experience they will gain in our feeder system.”

The FedEx Express Feeder network is a strategic component of the overall global linehaul network, serving markets too small for direct FedEx Express air linehaul service and markets where FedEx Express does not have operating rights. The Feeder network is composed of more than 300 aircraft serving 45 countries. Most of these feeder aircraft are owned by FedEx and are leased and operated by different third-party air carriers under their own operating certificates. The FedEx feeder fleet is comprised of aircraft under 60,000 pounds maximum gross take-off weight, and allows the company to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets around the world.

The Cessna SkyCourier 408 will be offered in cargo and passenger variants. The cargo variant will feature a large cargo door and a flat floor cabin that is sized to handle up to three LD3 shipping containers with an impressive 6,000 pounds of maximum payload capability. The aircraft will also afford a maximum cruise speed of up to 200 ktas and a 900 nautical-mile maximum range.

The efficient 19-passenger variant will include crew and passenger doors for smooth boarding, as well as large cabin windows for great natural light and views. Both configurations will offer single-point pressure refueling to enable faster turnarounds.

The Cessna Caravan platform has set the standard in the single-engine utility category for decades. The Cessna SkyCourier will build on that proven success in the large-utility category, offering even greater capability and mission flexibility.

Image: Cessna.

FedEx Express orders 30 ATR 72-600F freighters

FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, has announced it has completed a purchase agreement with ATR that will begin to modernize the company’s fleet of feeder aircraft.

Under the agreement, FedEx Express is making a firm purchase of 30 ATR 72-600F aircraft with options to purchase up to 20 additional ATR 72-600Fs. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2020, with subsequent deliveries of about six aircraft per year over a five year period.

ATR 72-600Fs will have:

  • a forward Large Cargo Door (LCD) and a rear upper-hinged cargo door
  • digital cockpits
  • advanced avionics technology and enhanced take-off performance
  • ADS-B “out” capabilities

The ATR 72-600F is equipped with reinforced floor panels and will support both bulk cargo and Unit Load Device (ULD) configurations. The aircraft has a bulk capacity of 2,630 cubic feet (74.6 cubic meters). When in ULD mode, it can accommodate up to seven LD3 containers, or five 88” x 108” pallets, or nine 88” x 62” pallets.

Current FedEx feeder aircraft do not carry containers or palletized freight, so these new features will help the company better serve customers in the air freight market where palletized shipments are the norm.

FedEx currently deploys more than 300 feeder aircraft in 45 countries. Most of these feeder aircraft are owned by FedEx, and are leased and operated by different third-party air carriers under their own operating certificates. The FedEx feeder fleet is comprised of aircraft under 60,000 pounds maximum gross take-off weight, and allows the company to provide fast, economical service to small and medium-sized markets around the world.

The FedEx feeder fleet complements the company’s jet fleet of over 360 aircraft, including Boeing 777s, 767s and 757s, MD-11s, MD-10s, Airbus A300s and Airbus A310s.

Copyright Photo: The new ATR 72-600s will replace the older ATR 42s and ATR 72s. FedEx Feeder-Empire Airlines (3rd) ATR 72-212 (F) N805FX (msn 372) ANC (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930573.

Boeing, FedEx Express are collaborating on the latest ecoDemonstrator Program testing

Boeing-FedEx "ecoDemonstrator Program"

On July 6, 2017 Boeing made this announcement. Now the program is ready to proceed with a dedicated freighter.

As part of the continuing effort to accelerate aerospace innovation, Boeing and FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and the world’s largest express transportation company, will work together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator.

Starting in 2018, a new Boeing 777 Freighter made for FedEx Express will test emerging technologies, such as propulsion advancements and flight deck innovations.

The ecoDemonstrator program, now in its fifth iteration, serves as a series of flying testbeds designed to improve the environmental performance and safety of future airplanes.

“The ecoDemonstrator program is focused on harvesting exciting new technologies that will benefit our airline customers, the flying public and the environment,” said Mike Sinnett, vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Product Development.

The collaboration on the newest ecoDemonstrator project is the latest in a 38-year relationship between Boeing and FedEx.

“FedEx is committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that connect the world responsibly and resourcefully,” said David Cunningham, president & CEO, FedEx Express. “We’re proud to work with Boeing and use our 777 Freighter to play a key role in bringing future benefits to the entire aviation industry.”

This round of ecoDemonstrator testing includes installing a compact thrust reverser developed by Boeing designed to save fuel, flight deck improvements that can improve efficient operations in and out of busy airports, and flying prototype airplane parts using cutting-edge manufacturing techniques that reduce material waste.

Flight testing is scheduled to last approximately three months before the airplane returns to the FedEx fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939725.

Bottom Copyright Photo: FedEx Express Boeing 777-FS2 N878FD (msn 40684) (ecoDemonstrator Program) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939726.

Boeing-FedEx "ecoDemonstrator Program"