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Replacement For Fedex's 727s?  
User currently offlinePw4460 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

What will FDX replace it's battle-scarred 727's with? MD-80s, 757s, A320s?...what do you think? Might they go with something new all together, possibly (GULP!) the 737??

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User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1820 times:


757's seem like a nice replacement and would give FedEx some extra legs on some of their routes. A320's? By the way, has Airbus contemplated the idea of introducing a Freighter variant for the 320's or maybe a company that could introduce freighter doors to be retrofitted for these aircraft? Would be interesting.
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User currently offlinePw4460 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

I think A320s would be most likely modified to carry freight, but they're still pretty young, so any modifications wouldn't come for another 5-10 years I guess.

User currently offline767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1796 times:


Pw4460,
not all freighters have to be old aircraft.

I'm sure if FedEx really pushed the issue, they could get Airbus to create a freighter variant for the A320 family...though I only see the A320 as the only family member having feasability to be efficient in the market.
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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

With a number of 737 Classics coming onto the used market, more than likely FedEx will probably replace the 727s with cargo conversions of the 737-300/400. As for the 757, too big for many of the markets they currently fly the 727s on. MD-80, too narrow to fit cans into on the main deck; maybe ABX Air will replace their DC-9s with MD-80s.

User currently offlineVS4ever From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 141 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1776 times:

The conversion of 757's have already started, and the cost is about $5m give or take.
Whether they are right for some of the 727 routes, only time will tell. Certainly they will have a significant capacity, the question is, do Fed Ex see enough growth on those routes to warrant the upgrade?



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