ABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 848 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2325 times:
For the past year I have noticed FDX1311 leaving DEN and taking a long route via Dove Creek-St. Johns-Deming-El Paso-Wink-Abilene-Ranger(DFW)-Texarkana and on in. There are usually a SKW and an RPA flt that leave at the same time and they fly direct towards MEM. Is there a purpose to this routing for FDX? Anyone have a clue? http://flightaware.com/live/flight/FDX1311
ABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 848 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2277 times:
Yeah if you notice it leaves DEN and has to go over the Rockies to Dove Creek and south to Deming in the southwest corner of NM then back to the east. If it was terrain issues, then they would head east out of DEN.
On the other hand RPA4746 is going south to PUB then SE to ICT and MEM. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/RPA4746
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2250 times:
This was discussed just within the last couple of weeks, and the concensus was that this flight is a "sweep" aircraft that is launched with plenty of fuel and no cargo. It flies the route it does so as to be readily and immediately available to drop into a variety of FDX cities in the event the "regular" flight from one of those cities were to be grounded with a mechanical issue. The "sweep" aircraft drops in, rescues the payload, and manages to make the sort in MEM.
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Fdxco From United States of America, joined May 2008, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1903 times:
I did the w & b on this flight last night in DEN and can tell you that it is indeed a sweep flight and covers the routing mentioned. It did get diverted to ELP last night to recover a broken bus there. The flight is almost always empty when it departs DEN, maybe a few empty cans or non priority freight on it and almost always tanked full of gas.