FedEx Express has withdrawn from service its final remaining MD-10-10F [FAT 006289].
The 1978-vintage aircraft (46947, ex-Hawaiian Airlines) — also the last active MD-10-10F anywhere in the world — arrived in Victorville (VCV) June 4 for permanent storage, following two others (46521, ex-American Airlines, and 46616, ex-United Airlines) that FedEx recently ferried to VCV on May 29 and May 27, respectively.
FedEx had expected to retire these three MD-10-10Fs by the end of May 2021, according to the company’s latest fiscal statistics released March 18.
FedEx now has thirteen MD-10-30Fs left in service. The integrator expects to retire five between June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022, and eight between June 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023, according to the statistics.
FedEx’s MD-10s were all originally DC-10s built by McDonnell Douglas. Shortly before the completion of the merger between McDonnell Douglas and Boeing on July 31, 1997, McDonnell Douglas announced in late 1996 that FedEx would become the launch customer for an upgrade program that would see FedEx’s DC-10s become MD-10s with cockpits similar to those on MD-11s.
FedEx took delivery of the first MD-10 in May 2000. Apart from FedEx, the only other operator of the type is Bolivia-based Transportes Aereos Bolivianos, with a single ex-FedEx MD-10-30F (48312), excluding Orbis and its specially modified MD-10-30 flying eye hospital.
In September 2019, FedEx said it planned to park or retire up to thirty-five MD-10-10Fs, A310-300Fs and MD-11Fs given the weak market, but over the course of the last year and a half the company has shifted and realigned its fleet plans.
The express integrator could not immediately be reached for comment.
FedEx eliminated another older fleet type — the A310-300F — in January 2020.