FedEx Announces Order for Four Boeing 767 Freighters
FedEx and Boeing have announced an order for four Boeing 767 Freighters. The aircraft will be used to replace FedEx’s less efficient medium widebody cargo planes including Airbus A300s and Douglas Aircraft DC-10s.
The 767 Freighter was Boeing’s first widebody twinjet, and was also its first with a two-crew glass cockpit. It was designed to meet the needs for a smaller wide-body compared to the 747 Jumbo Jet and, as a passenger aircraft, has a capacity of 181 to 375 persons.
The 767 Freighter, which is based on the 767-300ER, is able to carry approximately 58 tons of revenue cargo. In addition, the aircraft will increase FedEx’s efficiency by sharing spare parts, tooling, and flight simulators with the company’s Boeing 757s.
Although the aircraft’s successor, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, entered service in October 2011, as of April 2012, the 767 is still in production. Boeing has received a total of 1,090 orders from 71 customers since announcing the aircraft in 1978. It first went into service in 1982.
FedEx placed an order for 27 Boeing 767 Freighters in December 2011, at the same time announcing it would defer delivery of 11 new Boeing 777 Freights originally set for delivery between 2013 and 2018, citing a reduction in demand for its services in Asia. In July 2012, it ordered 19 more, and cancelled orders for four 777 Freighters.