FedEx Express has begun adding larger Boeing 757 freighters to its fleet. The first to arrive has been put to use on a new eight times a week cargo service operating between Memphis International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
FedEx Freight president and CEO, David J. Bronczek, notes that, "The introduction of the 757 freighter to our fleet of aircraft, one of the largest in the world, is a significant milestone for FedEx. This new service immediately expands our reach and capacity in the mid-Atlantic region and enhances the access our customers have in the global marketplace.”
As the FedEx fleet’s Boeing 727 aircraft are retired, 11 of the more fuel efficient 757s will be phased into service to replace them over the next year. The newer planes fly with reduced noise levels. The carrier notes that the new aircraft has significantly improved fuel-burn efficiencies, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing fuel consumption up to 36% while providing 20% more capacity per flight when compared to the Boeing 727 it replaces.
Beginning next year, FedEx Freight will add the Boeing 777. The plane has greater payload capacity while using 18% less fuel than planes currently in the fleet.