In a 2020 annual report, FX said, “The expensing provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed in December 2017 encouraged FedEx to order additional Boeing 777F and 767F aircraft. The pro-growth incentives in the law made fiscal year 2019 the optimum time to make these purchases and retire more of our less-efficient aircraft.”
FedEx winks at new aircraft
Over the past few years, FX has begun to modernize its fleet, purchasing 12 Boeing 767-300ERs and 12 Boeing 777Fs in 2018. The FedEx MD-10 Series 10 has a payload of 65,091 kg and a range of 3,704 kilometers. FedEx’s MD-10 Series 30 has a payload of 81,720 kg and a range of 6,852 kilometers.
In contrast, Boeing’s 767-300ER freighter can carry around 58,000 kilograms of revenue cargo and has a range of 11,000 kilometers. Boeing’s 777 freighter can carry 102,000 kg over 9,000 kilometers before a fueling stop.
David Cunningham, President and Ceo of FedEx, states, “The Boeing 767 and 777 freighters have brought greater efficiency and reliability to our air operations. The 777, with its tremendous range characteristics, has allowed us to provide faster transit times around the globe.”
Featured image: FedEx MD-10. Photo: Luca Flores/Airways
MIAMI – US cargo giant FedEx (FX) is planning to retire its last remaining MD-10s from the fleet by 2023 as stated by the company.
Over the years, the MD-10s were the workhorse of FX’s fleet. In addition to the 17 still flying, FX has operated another 77 since 1980, many as original McDonnell Douglas DC-10s.
The MD-10s Have Their Days Numbered
Source:: “Airways Magazine”