Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4794 posts, RR: 17 Posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1815 times:
FedEx is flying some military cargo charters from POB through JFK to FRA these days, including today. The aircraft is shown as a 747-200. Has FedEx re-added 747s to its fleet, or is it wet-leasing some aircraft to do these charters?
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2815 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1744 times:
Has to be wet lease. Kalitta and Evergreen pick up a lot of these ad-hoc charters, espescially the military ones. I'd guess that FedEx is subcontracting these flights out to one of the two. Earlier in teh war, it was reported that the USPS was flying "two 747s of mail" everyday over to the troops. As USPS is now flying on Fedex aircraft......
Who else operates the 742F in the US? Evergreen, Kalitta, Polar, NWA.... Can't think of any others off the top of my head.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4794 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1671 times:
There ya go. Thanks! An interesting development considering that on FedEx's CRAF (Civil Reserve Air Fleet) team, Polar is the founding cargo member, meaning that it gets all the cargo business assigned to that team, unless it can't do the mission, whereupon it goes to another team member. Atlas is on the same team, and gets a good deal of mil work. As Atlas and Polar are both owned by the same company, this FedEx charter of an Atlas plane keeps the business essentially all in the Atlas family. So, it's a charter that Polar can't handle, that FedEx tell the military that FedEx can handle, which FedEx then uses an Atlas aircraft to fly. Fascinating.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4794 posts, RR: 17 Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1660 times:
Not to reply to my own post, but in response to SpacePope, the other 747-200 cargo operators (besides Polar, Evergreen, Atlas, Kalitta and NWA) are Southern Air and UPS. Evergreen, Kalitta and UPS have some -100s. Polar and Atlas have -300s and -400s as well.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4794 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1541 times:
Thanks, Jeffrey. You beat me to it. I noticed them coming through ANC tonight with a 747-200, and pulled up photos of what I guess is the first of up to 8 they plan to start flying. That will be a pretty big fleet of 747s, close to rivalling Evergreen.