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Texas T
03-05-2004, 14:48
Take a look at the image and see how long it took for my package to move from SLC to Memphis.

;P ;f

rfenster
03-05-2004, 15:00
I have it on good authority* that they aren't flying small packages anymore.

FedEx has been using pre-production transporter devices for packages under 15 lbs. They only have a few of these devices at some of their larger sort facilities around the country.

How large was your package? Would it fall in this size range?

This could be serious bad news for the airline/air transport industries.

* ok, so I made this up

Texas T
03-05-2004, 15:09
Originally posted by rfenster
How large was your package? Would it fall in this size range? It's a new Treo 600 from Handspring plus a few accessories; total weight under 5 pounds. So when do you expect to see these transporters rolled out to all the major cities across the country? Seems like it would save some bionic energy if they were just to beam it straight to Houston instead of going to the Memphis hub and then back this way. ;i

rfenster
03-05-2004, 15:46
Originally posted by Texas T
Seems like it would save some bionic energy if they were just to beam it straight to Houston instead of going to the Memphis hub and then back this way. ;i
With FedEx, Everything goes thru their Memphis hub.

Glenairguy
03-05-2004, 16:21
Memphis is in the central time zone. Is SLC 1 or 2 hours behind? If 2 I can buy this, if only 1 there was some creative figures going on.

mbsigman
03-06-2004, 22:57
"With FedEx, Everything goes thru their Memphis hub."

Well, not quite.

They have what they call a "mini-hub" in IND. I was jumpseating through there one night. They had alomst 30 airplanes on the ground at midnight in IND and I'm sure that this mini-hub has expanded since.

Mike

elfjr
03-08-2004, 00:05
Originally posted by mbsigman
"With FedEx, Everything goes thru their Memphis hub."

Well, not quite.

They have what they call a "mini-hub" in IND. I was jumpseating through there one night. They had alomst 30 airplanes on the ground at midnight in IND and I'm sure that this mini-hub has expanded since.

Mike Yep you can see the Fed-Ex planes from I-70 they had a bunch of planes there last time I went to KS from OH. (3yrs)Ago. I would say they have just as many or more now.

Glenairguy
03-09-2004, 06:16
They have about 30 at Indianapolis, and about 160 at Memphis. They also have mini-hubs at Newark, LAX, and Anchorage.

podwich
03-09-2004, 06:47
12 minutes from UT to TN...yeah, I think it'd have to be transporters. Either that or they're lowered a cable from an orbiting satellite and hitch a ride on that.

Wulfenite
03-09-2004, 16:38
Not everything goes through Memphis, only stuff that's being delivered outside of the regional hub. I used to ship from LA basin to Sacramento all the time. We had a later drop off because our packages were not going to Memphis. They sat at the LA hub area till the planes came in from Memphis the next morning. Then my package would get on the plane going to Sacramento. At ieast that's what the guy behind the counter told me when I asked why I could drop off later than normal.

TangoUniform
03-21-2004, 23:29
sheesh... hope you didn't pay the surcharge for "Same MORNING delivery".. :) haha..

the SLC-MEM md-11 departed SLC at 1408z/05 and blocked in at MEM at 1705z on that day.

I'm confounded by the times on your tracking...

not even capt. bear "mach-2-with-my-hair-on-fire" kramer could do that kinda flight time... ;)

tango

TangoUniform
03-21-2004, 23:32
Originally posted by mbsigman
They have what they call a "mini-hub" in IND.

And AFW (DFW), too...

could count OAK and EWR, too..

Texas T
03-22-2004, 08:54
Originally posted by TangoUniform
the SLC-MEM md-11 departed SLC at 1408z/05 and blocked in at MEM at 1705z on that day.

I'm confounded by the times on your tracking... I'm guessing someone was just slow to log it out of SLC, but that doesn't explain the early arrival in MEM.

I was real pleased with the service though. It was standard delivery so I was prepared for a wait, but it hit my house the following Monday.

TangoUniform
03-24-2004, 22:48
that's what i'm saying.. i don't understand how it could show up like that because nothing is 'logged' manually.. everything is scanned.
all the packages are scanned and put in a can... then the can itself is scanned.

very peculiar.. glad it made it to you ok, though. :)

Santa CruZin
03-25-2004, 14:12
Different time zones? May be going the wrong direction for that theory to work...


btw, my buddy sits right seat in a 757 for FedEx. He loves it.

TangoUniform
03-26-2004, 18:55
FedEx does not operate 757s.

727
DC-10
MD-11
MD-10
A300
A310

that's it... unless you wanna count the feeders, which a 757 wouldn't fall under in any case..

sopdan
03-26-2004, 20:22
UPS, on the other hand, does fly the 757.

Glenairguy
03-27-2004, 22:29
Originally posted by TangoUniform
FedEx does not operate 757s.

727
DC-10
MD-11
MD-10
A300
A310

that's it... unless you wanna count the feeders, which a 757 wouldn't fall under in any case..


You are correct, however the flight plans list the A300 as A306. Is that just a series of the A300?

TangoUniform
03-28-2004, 04:02
Originally posted by Glenairguy
You are correct, however the flight plans list the A300 as A306. Is that just a series of the A300?

maybe it refers to the -600 series? that's just a guess on my part.. I don't know if we're flying A300-600s or not..
A300s and A310s are both available in a -600 series..


like I said.. just a wild guess on my part.

Superfueler
03-29-2004, 21:23
FedEx operates the A300-600F, which they bought brand new, and A310-200's and a few -300's, which they bought used.

TangoUniform
03-30-2004, 00:20
...and the 380 big mamma-jammas are supposed to be coming online in 2006 (? ..or maybe 2008.. i forget)..

and recent news I heard was that we're picking up 737s ...

so.. the rumors that fedex was going to get away from the tinker toys after retiring all the 727s are now quashed...

flt training is going to be losing their brains trying to get guys checked out on both new aircraft if they come online at the same time..

Superfueler
03-30-2004, 06:26
To the best of my knowledge, the 737 rumor is just that. I've heard everything from 757's to 737's to more Airbuses for a 727 replacement. I'd like to see 757's flying around in purple and white.

Glenairguy
03-30-2004, 16:14
I work as an air traffic controller at Memphis intl, on the midnight shift. We also heard about the B737 rumor. I would just as soon not see them because: in the dark at 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile away I don't think I can tell them apart from the A310. But we will adjust, we always do.

TangoUniform
04-01-2004, 07:41
Originally posted by Superfueler
To the best of my knowledge, the 737 rumor is just that. I've heard everything from 757's to 737's to more Airbuses for a 727 replacement. I'd like to see 757's flying around in purple and white.

any 757s or 777s are just not going to happen, imo..

the double-decker 380 will be interesting..
probably see more direct flights from MEM to SE Asia..
the only one we have now is MEM-NRT on an MD-11..
(backwards, we do KIX-MEM).. I wonder if it could do a MEM-HKG ...
or SIN or SFS.. I dunno. SIN and SFS might be too much of a stretch.. I'm just a crew scheduler and don't know anything about flying planes..

When we started talking about getting rid of the 72s, I think everybody just assumed (me included) that the 310s would naturally cover those routes..

As for 737s, it's a strong bet. Seems I actually got an email about it, but I don't remember now.. I ran into a couple of flight standards folks last week and I asked them about it.. seems to be a go from what i can tell... *shrug*

SlimlineGlock
04-01-2004, 15:33
MEM - HKG would probably be 16 - 17 hrs of flight time, depending on the season. Does the MD-11 fly for that length of time?

TangoUniform
04-01-2004, 18:48
oh no no...

i was talking about the new airbus 380.. double decker.. big sumbeeyatch...

see here:
http://www.airbus.com/img/product/a380/commonality_a380.gif

and here:

http://home.zonnet.nl/widebody/a380vs.jpg

TangoUniform
04-01-2004, 18:54
here's another nifty..

http://www.liv.ac.uk/researchintelligence/issue12/images/adding2.jpg

from the airbus website:
http://www.airbus.com/product/a380f_introduction.asp

"The A380 Freighter will carry a 330,000 lbs/150 tonnes over 5,600nm/10,400km on its three decksWith the capability to carry 150 tonnes of payload on standard pallets, on all three decks, over more than 5,600 nm/10,400 km, the A380F will bring new levels of efficiency to the cargo market.
A whole new reference in freighter cost, its range advantage allows the A380F to simplify operations and eliminate intermediate stops, further lowering costs and accelerating freight service. Three decks of standard containers, accessible simultaneously through five doors allow unprecedented flexibility for the growing, global supply chain management network.
Entry into service for the A380F is planned for 2008."

Fast Glass
04-02-2004, 21:51
Passenger A380s are due to make revenue flights sometime in 2006. First 380 freighters for FedEx are due in 2008.
727-100s have been being retired for the past several years. The 200s are going to be retired over the next 2 years, and replaced with 737-300/400s from a single operator. Plans are to have the 37s on line by 2006. So far the plan is to have all the DC-10 fleet converted to MD-10 also.

TangoUniform
04-03-2004, 09:13
Originally posted by Fast Glass
Passenger A380s are due to make revenue flights sometime in 2006. First 380 freighters for FedEx are due in 2008.
727-100s have been being retired for the past several years. The 200s are going to be retired over the next 2 years, and replaced with 737-300/400s from a single operator. Plans are to have the 37s on line by 2006. So far the plan is to have all the DC-10 fleet converted to MD-10 also.

Thanks for the info...

The DC-10 to MD-10 conversions rumor has been going around for a long while.. I'm not convinced that'll happen.

BTW, I think the 737s are coming from USAir..

Fast Glass
04-05-2004, 07:49
US Air is one of the contenders for the 737s. I can't remember the other one right now.
The MD-10 program goes back and forth. My opinion is no matter how much you dress up a pig, it is still a pig.

TangoUniform
04-05-2004, 08:39
Originally posted by Fast Glass
My opinion is no matter how much you dress up a pig, it is still a pig.

I agree!

BTW, I asked one of the managers in here today about it and he said the same thing you did about the dc-10 fleet converting to md-10..
i was under the impression we were only converting newly-purchased dc-10s to an md-10 config.. oh well.. either way, your statement rings true! :)