Thanks for not making this a Fed Ex or UPS debate or an Airbus, Boeing debate
I really like Fed Ex. I wrote a college term paper about Fed Ex. I was hoping to work for Fed Ex but ended up working for UPS which I am very happy there.
I always kept Fed Ex stock in my portfolio.
I'm sure Fred got a nice proposal for the A380 and the man was a pilot, he can appreciate a new aircraft. I just can't fathom why he would purchase a large aircraft. Fed Ex along with UPS are time definate carriers. They need to depart on time or else you have thousands of packages and documents that are free (guarantees).
One poster stated that Fed Ex has 8 flights out of San Jose (I believe) and these could be eliminated with one flight with the A380. He's right it could but then what happens when it takes longer to load because of size? What happens when trucks are late for that one plane? What happens if there is a mechanical or weather and the plane is late? Then comes unloading the A380. This thing is going to take a while. No front loading like the 74, and the upper deck, what is going to be used to get freight off the top bunk? Then you have to have the equipment in all the airports serviced by the A380. With 8 flights you have alot more to work with, it gives you a later pickup time for your large customers and your able to sort over a longer time frame and still get the packages there on time. Fed Ex already has the aircraft to do this that fit into Fed Ex's existing fleet.
The same person stated that Fed Ex could bypass ANC from China. Is Fed Ex converting some DC-10s to KC-10 extenders?
The MD-10 was brilliant! Fed Ex got the DC-10's for hush kits thats all! then they modified them to two man crews with upgraded avionics (MD-11) equivelant. They have a ton of 10's sitting in the desert so lift isn't needed. I would have liked for them to invest the a380 money in the ground system (this would have had me worried) instead of an aircraft that has no proven performance figures or results.
The deal hasn't been signed yet has it?
The 777 freighter would be nice and Boeing is looking into it
but I feel that it would compete to close to the 747. I don't have any payload figures for a 777 but the passenger size is close between the two. The downfall for the 777 would be ETOPS though. Still a 777 would be great!
BTW why doesn't Fred Smith like Boeing?