FedEx Express is expanding its own-operated capacity in its European network. The integrator has begun flying a 767-300F six times a week between its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Milan Malpensa (MXP), replacing an A300-600F.
FedEx began the deployment of 767Fs in Europe in July with a five-times-weekly route between CDG and Dublin (DUB) via Stansted (STN). In October, FedEx then rolled out the 767-300F on its five-times-weekly flight between CDG and Madrid (MAD). Both routes were also previously operated with A300-600Fs. The CDG-MXP route started seeing the 767F from early November.
The 767-300Fs each allow for a 16% increase in capacity and a 9% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the A300s, according to FedEx. Cargo Facts wouldn’t be surprised to see FedEx continuing to place more 767Fs on its intra-European routes in the months ahead.
FedEx announced in September that it would be withdrawing up to thirty-five A310-300Fs, MD-10-10Fs and MD-11Fs by the end of fiscal year 2021. The carrier recently sent an MD-10F (46633) to Victorville (VCV) to be parked toward the end of November 2019.
At the same time, FedEx is renewing its widebody fleet with more production 767-300Fs and 777Fs. The company took its 75th 767-300F in August 2019 and currently has forty-eight more 767-300Fs on order, according to Boeing’s orders and deliveries database.
The upgauge in capacity isn’t expected to have any major impact on the various ACMI operators that fly on behalf of FedEx within Europe. As we reported in our global express fleet analysis in October, ASL Airlines is the largest ACMI carrier for FedEx and at the time flew thirty-two freighters for the express integrator.
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