Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 54 Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8337 times:
I worked for FedEx several years ago for about 5 years, before getting into the Navy. One of the main reasons they keep such a vast fleet of business jets is because of the many hub operations they have in so many locations. A lot of times, and most of the time, business employees hitch rides on normal FedEx jets to wherever they need to go and inspect. But, sometimes a situation calls for immediate attention.
I remember a while back, probably in 2000, the FedEx system shut down temporarily because of a blackout in communication with the satellites above. One of the main locations for the eastern hemisphere's communications depot is in Paris at CDG. Well, for a problem this large scale, several key members of FedEx had to be flown out to that location to work on the uplinks involved. This couldn't have been done as quickly as needed without a fleet of business jets standing by, primarily since FedEx's revenue is completely dependent on time and efficiency.
But anyway, with any company as large scale as FedEx is and who has so many international locations(in the thousands) it would be more problematic NOT to have a fleet of jets ready and to rely solely on commercial flights or their own cargo flights.
Jjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8269 times:
FedEx's is a $20+ billion dollar company with operations literally spread all over the country and, in fact, the world. To me, that would seem a fairly convincing argument in and of itself for maintaining an extensive corporate flight department. Add to that Fred's personal piloting (before banned by the BOD) and the traditionally strong aviation identity FedEx has maintained and corporate flight is a shoe-in. I believe the a/c are used to assist in service recovery efforts from time-to-time plus the usual shuttling of employees, members of Congress, executives and their families. Knowing FedEx, I'm sure they get good use out of them.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16121 posts, RR: 57 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8235 times:
In addition to the above 2 responses, MEM the main hub is relatively removed from the world's primary air traffic. Hence, Fedex execs require alot of time away from MEM when travelling commercial. Their business jets cut down on this. No doubt if Fedex was based in Chi or NYC fewer corp jets would be needed since there are so many nonstop commercial flights.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8047 times:
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Since they operate in off hours (overnight freight runs), what if you need to suddenly reposition a crew to catch a flight? Or get a part to an outstation to make a flight go on time? The commercial airlines within the US start to wrap up a lot of their operations for the day around the same time that FedEx is starting a major overnight sort operation. I would not be surprised if the corporate jets pay for themselves just in having that last minute, on-demand flexibility to get people and parts to outstations in the nick of time.
N685FE From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 451 posts, RR: 12 Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7802 times:
Rumor from some of the old timers was that they were going to replace the fleet of Falcon's with the larger biz jets. However, before the order was completed they had already out grown the biz jet and decided to go for the 727. The fleet along with the options were sold, excluding a small fleet, profits were made because they had ordered a large number of them, which paid for the ones remaining.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3117 posts, RR: 11 Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 7630 times:
The Challenger series of jets was developed at the request of FedEx shortly before Deregulation. Fred wanted an aircraft that was capable of holding standard sized containers and wanted a platform that would have the flexablility of being expanded once deregulation happened. Canadair responded with the Challenger and the subsequent CRJ family that came from it. Fed Ex only ordered a couple for executives because they were able to get 727s. And the original jets that they flew were falcon 20s, much smaller than the 50. Many 135 cargo companies still use these. Most probably started life with Fed Ex. The first Falcon they purchased is fully restored and can be seen at the Udvar-Hazy center at IAD right next to the Concorde. Most still flying aren't nearly this pretty!