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Fedex 747-200?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 12:24 pm

FedEx is flying some military cargo charters from POB through JFK to FRA these days, including today. The aircraft is shown as a 747-200. Has FedEx re-added 747s to its fleet, or is it wet-leasing some aircraft to do these charters?

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RE: Fedex 747-200?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 1:03 pm

Has to be wet lease. Kalitta and Evergreen pick up a lot of these ad-hoc charters, espescially the military ones. I'd guess that FedEx is subcontracting these flights out to one of the two. Earlier in teh war, it was reported that the USPS was flying "two 747s of mail" everyday over to the troops. As USPS is now flying on Fedex aircraft......

Who else operates the 742F in the US? Evergreen, Kalitta, Polar, NWA.... Can't think of any others off the top of my head.
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RE: Fedex 747-200?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 1:57 pm

There ya go. Thanks! An interesting development considering that on FedEx's CRAF (Civil Reserve Air Fleet) team, Polar is the founding cargo member, meaning that it gets all the cargo business assigned to that team, unless it can't do the mission, whereupon it goes to another team member. Atlas is on the same team, and gets a good deal of mil work. As Atlas and Polar are both owned by the same company, this FedEx charter of an Atlas plane keeps the business essentially all in the Atlas family. So, it's a charter that Polar can't handle, that FedEx tell the military that FedEx can handle, which FedEx then uses an Atlas aircraft to fly. Fascinating.

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RE: Fedex 747-200?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 2:02 pm

Not to reply to my own post, but in response to SpacePope, the other 747-200 cargo operators (besides Polar, Evergreen, Atlas, Kalitta and NWA) are Southern Air and UPS. Evergreen, Kalitta and UPS have some -100s. Polar and Atlas have -300s and -400s as well.

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RE: Fedex 747-200?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 5:16 pm

Indeed, Atlas has been operating B747s on behalf of Fedex pretty regularly as of late. Both military missions and supplemental flights for Fedex most often from the Far-East back to the US.

In addition Fedex and UPS lease in quite a bit of additional capacity during the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas. Look for various airlines to operate under UPS and Fedex callsigns during the period.
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RE: Fedex 747-200?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 5:33 pm

Bill,

Add a 747-200F operator to your list, Tradewinds...

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RE: Fedex 747-200?

Fri Nov 19, 2004 5:49 pm

Thanks, Jeffrey. You beat me to it. I noticed them coming through ANC tonight with a 747-200, and pulled up photos of what I guess is the first of up to 8 they plan to start flying. That will be a pretty big fleet of 747s, close to rivalling Evergreen.

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Bill