Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has received its first 767-300 freighter from Boeing, part of the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters.
“Today’s delivery of our first 767 freighter is another step forward in our fleet modernization strategy,” said James Parker, executive vice president of air operations for FedEx Express, in a September 4 statement.
“The 767 is approximately 30 percent more fuel efficient and has unit operating costs that are more than 20 percent lower than the aircraft they will replace,” he added. “The net effect is an aircraft that is more affordable to operate and has lower carbon emissions because of better fuel efficiency.”
The 767 freighter is an upgrade for the fleet serving the express service’s domestic network, providing improved fuel, maintenance and cost savings over the MD10 freighters it will replace, the company said.
The company gains additional efficiency through the ability to share parts, tooling, and flight simulators between the 767 and the more than 70 757 freighters already in its fleet.
Said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, “The 767 freighter, with its tremendous efficiency among medium wide-body cargo airplanes, will complement FedEx’s fleet and support fast, reliable deliveries to customers around the world.”
The 767 freighter is based on the 767-300ER passenger airplane. Able to carry about 58 tons of revenue cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 freighter is ideal for long-haul, regional or feeder markets.
The airplane joins other Boeing freighters in the FedEx fleet such as the MD10, MD11, 757 and the 777.