HPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3879 posts, RR: 8 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7774 times:
There are so many flights in and out of MEM by FedEx, it would not even be possible for it to take only an hour or two.
Take a look at Flytecomm.com , in the departure airport box scroll down to Memphis and enter. Then go down the list until you see all the Federal Express entries. You'll get a good idea of their daily schedule.
Quickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2478 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7749 times:
I'm just amazed at the logistics of the whole operation. I know that here in DEN, there are usually 2-4 jets on the ground here during the day. I guess once they have enough freight to fill up one, they send it on it's way and so on. Does the same thing happen at Memphis?
TrappedInMKG From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 4 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7504 times:
FedEx's arrival schedule shows up on FlyteComm. Go to Advanced Users and put in MEM as the airport...
Edited to add: with few exceptions, they've got a plane landing about every three minutes from 10:00PM-1:00AM. I'm willing to bet that part of the reason their schedule isn't widely sought after is because it's difficult/impossible to photograph at those hours (in addition to them being a non-passenger airline...)
DCrawley From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 371 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 7258 times:
Quoting N766UA (Reply 13):
I have that video of the 25 hours of FedEx ops, shows all the arriving/departing FE airplanes in the space of 25 hours sped up. Really cool. Anyone have it online? I have nowhere to host it.
Fedex From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7188 times:
We run 2 complete sorts a day every day except Saturday nights and Sundays. A sort is when all the flights come in, unload, the packages are sorted (hence the name) loaded back on different aircraft, and everybody leaves. Because time is of the highest priority, we have a minimum amount of aircraft of each type that we keep ready to go as "hot spares" during each sort for the unlikely event we have to transload due to Maint. We started out the day sort pretty much for the mail contract, however as business has grown over the last 4 years, the day sort is as big as the night sort. I think you will see us on a 7 day a week operation in the near future. As far as the amount of gates we have, that damn near changes with each month, but I think we can handle well over 100 aircraft at a time. I can give you an exact number of gates tomorrow if you like. We have recently started on the A380 hangar construction and I am amazed at how big the facility is going to be.
Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 54 Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7041 times:
I actually went to MEM for the sole purpose of watching their operations back when I used to work for FedEx, and it was unbelievable! You're standing there looking at a fairly desolate Memphis sky, since most Northwest operations end around 10-11pm. Then, on advice from the local managers, if you position yourself between the two parallel runways, at around 11:30pm the sky will just light up with landing lights from every direction! It really is one of the most amazing sights I've seen.
So, if you're looking to see it all unfold, the best time to go would be between the hours of 11:30pm-4:30am. This will give you the vast majority of their arrivals and then the turnaround departures. But, as said before, FedEx operates so many aircraft that you can go to MEM at anytime and catch several of them rolling around somewhere. By far one of my favorite airports to visit!
Also, go to http://www.flightarrivals.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Flights and play with the arrivals and departures buttons. Select City/Airport on the search and just put in MEM. This will give you every flight scheduled within a 2-hour forward block and 30-minutes prior. If you do this around the busy time for FedEx, you'll see pages of these flights listed along with the groundspeed and altitude of those already in flight.
Fdxgirl From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 71 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7016 times:
I took a tour of the mothership a couple years ago, and it was awesome, everything was awesome. the guide took us up into the fedex atc tower and we could see all the inbound jets on final stacked up for miles and miles. and then to see the miles and miles of sort belt weaving all over those huge buildings, its just amazing. makes our operations here in mke look tiny.
Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 54 Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6899 times:
I'm pretty sure they have a standard schedule that is done several weeks ahead of time, changing only when peak shipping seasons(Christmas, New Years, etc.) require more routes. However, they do have standby aircraft waiting if shipment loads are unusually high in some instances at certain locations. Other than that, I don't know. It would be interesting to watch them plan in out though.
Crye me a river
25 Sampa737: DCrawley...thanks for the vid! That was awesome. (From a former Memphis boy)
26 M404: Just a guess but FX probably uses their own software as they have a huge department where that is one of the specialties. At night it looks like the p
27 FedEx: Wow, I was way off. We have 185 gates here in MEM.
28 Crini: Not only does FedEx land at MEM, but I've heard they also land some planes at Millington's Airport, which is the old Naval Station Memphis airfield, j
29 Fedexexpress: MEM is a awesome place to see. I work at the IND hub for Fedex. I jump seat to MEM alot. The busiest time for both IND and MEM is around 2100 to 0100.
30 Aviationwiz: MEM is the main sorting center for FredEx. Most packages and letters will go via MEM. For FredEx, MEM has major sorting facilities, major aviation ser
31 CosmicCruiser: I'm not sure what that really means but the line haul schedule is as it says ..scheduled for every plane type. There is the charter dept. that schedu