FedEx Express boosts Intra-Europe and Intercontinental air network capacity

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FedEx Express has announced it has boosted its intra-Europe and intercontinental air network capacity with the addition of three new flights and four flight capacity upgrades in response to high demand for holiday season goods. The company reported it had added a total of approximately 210,000 kg of weekly capacity on specific European lanes.

In anticipation of high holiday volumes, FedEx Express stated it will also temporarily boost its transatlantic air capacity, reaching up to 20% additional capacity in the busiest week of the holiday season.

As consumers continue shopping online through the pandemic, the 2021 peak season is expected to meet or exceed the unprecedented 2020 holiday season, leading to a high demand for capacity. In August, global demand for air cargo was already up 7.7% compared to pre-COVID levels.  Continuing supply chain challenges, including in ocean freight, are also leading to higher demands for air cargo capacity as businesses replenish stock levels in time for the holiday season.

The intra-Europe flight upgrades, introduced in a phased approach as of September 2021, are a permanent addition to the FedEx Express air network and connect the FedEx Paris Charles-De-Gaulle (CDG) hub to key city hubs and gateways in Europe.

Additional flight and capacity upgrades were reported by the company as follows:

Additional flights

  • CDG-Kiev (Ukraine): adding 68,000 kg of weekly capacity.
  • CDG-Manchester (UK): adding 23,500 kg of weekly capacity.
  • CDG-Stockholm (Sweden): adding 60,000 kg of weekly capacity.

Flight capacity upgrades

  • CDG-Shannon (Ireland): replacing the existing ATR72-202 aircraft with the new ATR72-600, adding 3,500 kg of weekly capacity.
  • CDG-Prague-Timisoara (Romania): replacing smaller ATR-72 aircraft with a B737 on the existing CDG-Prague connection and extending it to Timisoara in Romania, adding 35,000 kg of weekly capacity.
  • CDG-Venice (Italy): replacing the ATR42 aircraft with the ATR72, adding 5,500 kg of weekly capacity.
  • CDG-Katowice-Warsaw: replacing two smaller ATR aircraft with one B737, adding 12,500 kg of weekly capacity.

These upgrades are the latest air network investments for FedEx Express in Europe. Together with a recently announced new transpacific connection, as well as additional peak season capacity between Europe and the US, the company reported that these investments add a total of up to 1m kg of weekly capacity in December for businesses shipping their products across Europe or intercontinentally.

President of FedEx Express Europe Karen Reddington commented: “These latest air network investments demonstrate our commitment to growth, to our customers, and to supporting the flow of trade at a challenging time for supply chains and companies”.

Source: FedEx

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