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Why Don't They Just Truck The Cargo...  
User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 954 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2966 times:

Seems to be a waste of a flight for such a short distance...of course I am not in charge of FED EX operation either. FE must be pretty busy reading checklists.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/FDX1214

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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7144 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2834 times:

You think that is short. UPS has a daily PBI-MIA flights. Sure its a repositioning flight but why not fly some cargo too. For this flight 58minutes does not seem to short. Just like there are commuter cargo flights which only last an hour or so on a Carravan. Whats wrong with flying it?


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User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

time is of the essence for fedex's work.

User currently offlineAv8orwalk From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

I think the OP was referring to the 12 minute flight from Baton Rouge to Lafayette.


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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2787 times:



Quoting Boeing727 (Thread starter):
Seems to be a waste of a flight for such a short distance...of course I am not in charge of FED EX operation either. FE must be pretty busy reading checklists.

Keep in mind that it's not like FedEx has to wait for self-loading cargo to enplane and all of the accompanying hassles. They also typically fly at times when they are about all the traffic there is at an airport, and don't have to compete for the airways...



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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7263 posts, RR: 85
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2757 times:
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It's a offload/onload partial flight. This isn't uncommon in the FX scheduling system wide. Ie. BIL-DEN-MEM, ELP-AUS-MEM, ONT-OAK-MEM, etc. Full flight in, offload or onload cargo, partial flight out. This is the true genius of FX at work.

Hope this helps.

  

[Edited 2008-07-16 21:55:10]

User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3970 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2721 times:
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Quoting Boeing727 (Thread starter):
Seems to be a waste of a flight for such a short distance

Possible (likely) explanation is FedEx has a contract customer out of LFT that requires the option to ship until late for Next-Day delivery. If the customer's big enough, putting a plane on a 300-mile run beats using a truck and losing the contract to UPS...

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 1):
UPS has a daily PBI-MIA flights.

And FDX flies OAK-SFO daily. Not just a positioning flight either, there's actually cargo on board. Beats sending trucks over the bay and dealing with traffic... FDX26 took a whopping one minute this morning!

Quoting N328KF (Reply 4):
They also typically fly at times when they are about all the traffic there is at an airport, and don't have to compete for the airways...

FDX flies almost as much during daytime as it does at night. Daytime ops carry USPS mail, Two-Day packages and freight.

[Edited 2008-07-16 22:03:57]


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User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7263 posts, RR: 85
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2665 times:
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Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 6):
FDX flies almost as much during daytime as it does at night

Incorrect information.

Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 6):
Not just a positioning flight either

The movement from OAK-SFO is a position flight, regardless of just crew being the freight.


User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2359 times:



Quoting FXramper (Reply 7):
Incorrect information.

Hey FXramper, he's pretty close, there's a lot of dayturns now. Boy those afternoon dept out of MEM always get tangled up with the NWA outbounds too. My last one was MEM-ANC and not only were we about no. 10 going to 36L but the DC-9 in front of us was doing about 7 kts because he knew he was going to the penalty box. Whoa!!

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