FedEx Express has announced that it will start operating a new flight linking TNT’s European air hub in Liège (Belgium) to the FedEx World Hub in Memphis (U.S.) beginning in early April 2017.
From Memphis the aircraft will continue to Shanghai (China) via Seattle (U.S.) and Anchorage (U.S.) before returning to Liège.
FedEx stated that this is an important step in connecting the FedEx Express and TNT worldwide networks, which will give TNT customers around the globe direct access to the portfolio of FedEx services in the U.S. and Canada.
David Cunningham, President and CEO of FedEx Express, commented: “This new flight by FedEx Express is a tangible example of the customer benefits that the acquisition of TNT will bring. By combining our strengths, particularly the FedEx Express air network and TNT’s strong European road capabilities and Liège hub, we will connect even more people and possibilities.”
FedEx Express will use Boeing 777 Freighters offering 116 tonnes of capacity for the Liège-Memphis service. Once in Memphis, the TNT volumes will be injected into the FedEx network for delivery across the U.S. and Canada.
With this new flight, TNT customers shipping to North America will benefit from broader service coverage, faster transit times and higher weight capabilities, while continuing to work with TNT as they do today.
Other improvements include consistent two-day transit times for express shipments from Europe to U.S. and Canada destinations as well as three-day transit times to U.S. and Canada destinations for express shipments from key locations in the Middle-East, Africa and India.
The new service will also introduce optional pre-noon delivery of express parcels, four- to five-day transit times for deferred shipments and higher weight limits for express and deferred shipments of parcels and freight. It will also provide more opportunities for customers in the U.S. Pacific Northwest market, including reduced cost and increased capacity, with a one-day transit time reduction for Shanghai perishable goods.
David Binks, Regional President Europe, FedEx Express Europe, and CEO of TNT added: “North America, and the U.S. in particular, is Europe’s major trading partner. The introduction of a direct FedEx Express flight from Liège to Memphis is excellent news for TNT customers shipping to North America. It also reinforces the role of the TNT hub in Liège as a significant operation for the group, complementing the FedEx Express hubs at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Cologne airports.”