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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5341 posts, RR: 23
Posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2161 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?

All the best,

Bill

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User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2987 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2090 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.



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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5341 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2017 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.

--Bill


User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5341 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2006 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.

All the best,

Bill


User currently offlineLAXINTL From United States of America, joined May 2000, 26150 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Indeed, Atlas has been operating B747s on behalf of Fedex pretty regularly as of late. Both military missions and supplemental flights for Fedex most often from the Far-East back to the US.

In addition Fedex and UPS lease in quite a bit of additional capacity during the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas. Look for various airlines to operate under UPS and Fedex callsigns during the period.



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User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1982 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1897 times:

Bill,

Add a 747-200F operator to your list, Tradewinds...

Jeffrey



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User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5341 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1887 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.

All the best,

Bill


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