CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2626 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8017 times:
i just received my Airliners Magazine Sept/Oct issue in the mail today. The cover story is about FedEx. It describes their fleet of 246 Caravan 208Bs, 10 Caravan 208s, 17 F-27s, 13 ATR 72s, and 29 ATR 42s.
You can purchase the magazine at Borders.
HPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4963 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7985 times:
The feeders (operated by Empire here, not sure if this is different elsewhere) carry mostly high-priority, overnight-type packages from smaller airports around a region to the bigger FX station. Here at PDX, we have trucks coming into the airport ramp station from all over the state of Oregon, but if someone drops off a package in MFR or RDM in late afternoon and pays extra for overnight service, the truck just isn't going to cut it as it runs on a set schedule. Our feeder planes/pilots usually have a dedicated route, one flight to/from PDX and their outstation. I heard one guy even has his own courier route there, so he flies from PDX to his smaller airport, unloads his plane, loads his truck and then delivers the packages.
Dispatcher From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 254 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7959 times:
FedEx domestic feeders are operated by 6 different contract airlines, Corporate Air, CSA, Empire, Mountain Air, Westair and Wiggins. FedEx owns the planes but they have operational control over their crews, maintenance etc, but are responsible to accomodate reroutes and adhocs per FedEx system control needs.
The feeder system runs as a scheduled operation out of many 'mini' hub cities throughout the US. They basically do what the big jets do out of the major hubs. That is, the larger jets come inbound to MKE for instance, they are offloaded and the local (close in) freight is put onto trucks and the freight destined for locations more remote (RHI, MQT, CMX, ESC, IMT in this case), gets loaded onto the feeders and flown to those locations, the reverse happens when freight is inbound to the major hubs.
ATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2583 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7772 times:
Add to that Baron Aviation services. They are about to start up a new run out of IAH utilizing a Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster. Martinaire already operates a 208 here under a UPS contract to Victoria, TX. Theyre great aircraft that hold a lot of cargo, let alone their STOL capability.