I totally am behind those working for MEM
that provided overnight services in support of FedEx who I also am supportive of. No negative or hostility behind my post - just a genuine high level of surprise at ripple effect of disruption. I can only imagine how terrible it has been for a small station like mine the last three days when the freight either doesn't come at all only arrives wheels down at 11 am. The rush to sort all of the freight on top of dealing with angry customers who likely have been saying terrible things to them personally over a situation 100% out of their hands.
Today the aircraft hasn't even made it here from Memphis yet.
Yesterday it was at 10:30 am.
The day before it didn't come at all.
Then you go back the previous 3 months and it is nothing but 8 am arrivals. That is the part that really led me to make this post as I was hoping to have others share their experiences. The pilots have had it in their voice, FedEx staff have, the drivers too this week. Brings up a lot of questions to me, such as do the pilots time out in the same way flying self loading freight? Because the aircraft that came in at 10:30 yesterday had one of the pilots sounding so fatigued it was if they had been flying that bird since the first inbounds to MEM
15 hours prior. Is this possible? Like BTV
in one night? I have a feeling that the SYR
leg today may have had the pilots time out as its still the ground and the MEM
flight was on the ground at a reasonable 8 or so. Usually an hour turn time there.
I love the logistics of overnight cargo. This week has been like nothing I have seen before. I wonder about the extra efforts and just was hoping others had noticed the same for their local service. You don't need to defend MEM
/FX to me, I am doing plenty of that myself (Twitter is a warzone for the poor company right now). That wasn't the emotional source of my post.
edit: Sorry HP - I somehow missed your post which touches on some details that I was interested in. Thank you very much for sharing. I bet that is the reason for the SYR-BTV flight (#1958) still in SYR. At this point it likely won't be completing that leg for today at all (although yesterday surprised me) with it almost being noon by now.
[Edited 2015-02-19 08:53:37]