FedEx Express received its first Boeing 767-300 Freighter on Wednesday, introducing an airplane that is – according to the manufacturer – 30 percent more fuel efficient and 20 percent less costly than similar aircraft it replaces, the McDonnell Douglas MD-10.
FedEx already has a large Boeing fleet of 70 B757s and a number of 777s, supplemented with MD-10s and MD-11s.
The 767 Freighter is based on the popular 767-300ER (extended range) passenger airplane. Able to carry approximately 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of cargo with intercontinental range, the 767 Freighter is used on long-haul, regional or so-called feeder markets.
The airplane joins other Boeing freighters in the FedEx fleet such as the MD-10, MD-11, 757 and the 777.