Date: 16 Jun 97 21:35:38 From: Eric <*Eric@Euronet.be*> Organization: Lufthansa BRU References: 1 2 3 4 5 Followups: 1 2
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Gregory Glockner wrote: > But besides routes between their big hubs, does FedEx really have a > use for a super-jumbo? At best, this represents maybe 10 A/C. Given > the development costs, it might be cheaper to run double runs of > current planes (principally MD-11's). It was never my intention to imply FedEx was going to buy hundreds of A3XX. I actually think 10 is what they have in mind. Sometimes, the cheapest solution is not the best for FedEx. In Europe, they are at a disadvantage vis-à-vis their competitors because the last pick-up is much earlier at FedEx than with other companies (in Belgium, for instance : 3 pm for FedEx, 6 pm for UPS and TNT, 7 pm for DHL). The reason is that FedEx is treating Europe just like a big US city, where next day by 10:30 to "more of the USA" must be available, which means their planes must leave the Paris gateway around 7 pm to be on time in Memphis. Traffic is heavy on the Atlantic routes, even at that time, so if FedEx can operate only a single aircraft and enjoy a late departure, thus offer later cut-out times, I think they will. Beside, FedEx won't have to bear development costs, they will just pay the aircraft's price like any other customer. They may even get a discount if they're launch customers. In the long run, one recent plane with higher capacity is cheaper to operate than 2 recent planes with half the capacity. Being a launch customer doesn't entail buying a lot of aicraft either. French regional airline Brit Air is launch customer for the 70 seat streched version of the Canadair RJ, the RJ-700, with an order for... 4 aircraft.