FedEx Launches 777 Express Service from China

FedEx Express, a provider of express transportation services, is introducing Boeing 777 Freighter (777F) service in Shanghai, mainland China. The new 777F directly connects Shanghai with the FedEx SuperHub in Memphis, Tenn. and provides customers in Shanghai, Suzhou and Kunshan with a two-hour improvement in cut-off times in select areas.

The 777F’s engine technology reduces emissions by 18%. Investment in its aircraft fleet is an important part of the FedEx commitment to reduce its CO2 aircraft emissions by 20% by 2020.

By April 2010, FedEx Express plans to have a total of four 777Fs serving routes between Asia and the U.S. There will be 15 777Fs in the company’s fleet by the end of fiscal 2014. FedEx Express has a second order of 15 777Fs, which will be delivered between fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2019, and holds options on 15 more.

The 777F is the world’s largest twin-engine cargo aircraft. In typical FedEx operations, the 777 Freighter has a revenue payload capacity of 178,000 pounds (81 metric tons), and can fly 5,800 nautical miles, the equivalent of about 6,675 land miles or nearly three times the approximate distance between the east and west coasts of the U.S. This represents a payload improvement of 14,000 pounds and range improvement of 2,100 nautical miles over similarly arranged MD-11Fs, which until now has been the primary long-haul aircraft in the company's fleet. Over shorter ranges, the 777F has the capability of payloads up to 215,000 pounds.

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