FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7606 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3567 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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N328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3520 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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FXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3490 times:
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.
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...
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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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!!