FedEx Express said it has further increased capacity with the launch of two new flights connecting Asia Pacific (APAC) businesses to Europe and North America respectively.
One of the two new FedEx flights provides additional connectivity to and from Europe, and service enhancements to importers in Japan, for which Europe is the third largest trading partner. The flight connects FedEx Charles de Gaulle Hub in Paris, France to FedEx APAC hub in Guangzhou, China, four days per week via Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, and one day a week via Singapore Changi Airport, providing 10 extra connections each week for APAC customers to and from Europe.
The other new FedEx trans-Pacific flight connects Taipei and Hong Kong to Anchorage and Indianapolis, returning via Anchorage to Taipei, five days per week.
Combined with the four new intercontinental flights launched in July 2021, FedEx has added a total of 62 flights in and out of APAC per week with additional capacity to carry almost 2,700 tonnes (2,690,000 kgs). According to FedEx, these added flights contribute to a total of over 225 weekly flights in and out of APAC to the U.S. and Europe. It believes that businesses will benefit from improved connectivity and enhanced service reliability when importing and exporting with Europe, the U.S. and intra-Asia.
Benefitting from strong export demand from major trading partners, the U.S, mainland China, and Asian economies are starting to see rebound. For instance, Taiwan’s economy is forecasted to grow at its fastest pace in more than a decade in 2021, with global demand for its technology products driven by the work-and-study-from-home boom resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express, commented: “With businesses reopening worldwide in varying phases, cross-border trade is gaining renewed momentum. Building a more robust and resilient global network is vital to empowering APAC businesses and supporting them in tapping growth opportunities.”
In addition to these new flights, FedEx has also increased its intra-Asia network capacity by replacing Boeing 757 narrow body freighters with Boeing 767 wide-body freighters, almost doubling the cargo capacity to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. According to the company, its Boeing 767 freighter offers a maximum gross payload capacity of nearly 60,000 kgs. At the same time, it said the wide-body aircraft provides 38% more fuel efficiency.
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