Article in this week's FI.
FEDEX's David Sutton - MD aircraft aquisitions + sales says:-
Would love to have the A380-900F now.
Expects it to be available c 2014.
-900 would have less range than -800 with 150t, but "ideal" for Regional + US routes.
FEDEX eyeing up Pax conversion -800's to bolster additional new-builds.
Says -800 pax conversions will come as airlines "trade-up" to A380-900 passenger versions + trade on their -800's c 2020 (wonder if he's been talking to Emirates?..)
Says -800 pax conversions would be less capable than new-builds due to lower operating weights, but still useful.
He sees a fleet of 200+ (that's what he said...) A380F's in the marketplace in the next 20 years
Just as reported in Flight International.
Hope it's of interest.....