FedEx goes 100% widebody intra-Asia, adds Asia-Europe/US capacity

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FedEx Express has boosted its intra-Asia network capacity by replacing B757 narrow-body freighters with B767 wide-body freighters and added additional services between Asia and Europe/US.

The switch to all wide-body in Asia has almost doubled the cargo capacity to Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, the express company says. The FedEx B767 freighter offers a maximum gross payload capacity of nearly 60,000 kgs, building on the current FedEx operational strength. At the same time, FedEx highlights that the wide-body aircraft provides 38 per cent more fuel efficiency.

“With businesses reopening worldwide in varying phases, cross-border trade is gaining renewed momentum,” says Kawal Preet, president of the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa (AMEA) region at FedEx Express.  “Building a more robust and resilient global network is vital to empowering APAC businesses and supporting them in tapping growth opportunities.

FedEx is also boosting its capacity from Asia with the launch of two new flights connecting Asia Pacific (APAC) businesses to Europe and North America.

The launch of these two new flights is the latest in the FedEx network expansion, as economies across APAC continue to rebound. Combined with the four new intercontinental flights launched in July, FedEx has added 62 flights in and out of APAC per week with additional capacity to carry almost 2,700 tonnes.

These added flights contribute to a total of over 225 weekly flights in and out of APAC to the US and Europe.

One of the two new FedEx flights provides additional connectivity to and from Europe, and service enhancements to importers in Japan. Europe is Japan’s third-largest trading partner and, this year, Japan saw a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 28 per cent in its global imports.

The new FedEx Asia-Europe flight connects FedEx Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Hub in Paris to FedEx APAC hub in Guangzhou (CAN) four days per week via Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka and one day a week via Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), providing 10 extra connections each week for APAC customers to and from Europe.

Fedex highlights the “strong export demand from major trading partners, the U.S. and mainland China, and key Asian economies are also starting to see a rebound.” The company cites the example of Taiwan’s economy which is forecasted to grow at its fastest pace in more than a decade in 2021. This growth is a result of global demand for its technology products driven by the work-and-study-from-home boom resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

FedEx says the new trans-Pacific flight connecting Taipei (TPE) and Hong Kong (HKG)  to Anchorage (ANC) and Indianapolis (IND), and returning via Anchorage to Taipei, five days per week, “provides customers with improved capacity between Greater China and North America, further accelerating trade between Asia’s leading logistics hub and the US.”

“Our intercontinental flight expansion, and enhancement of our fleet over the past few months, is testament to the FedEx commitment to support businesses of all sizes, particularly with the rapid growth of e-commerce and the upcoming year-end holiday peak,” Preet says.

Recently, FedEx further enhanced its cross-border e-commerce capabilities with the launch of FedEx International Connect Plus (FICP), a new FedEx Express International, day-definite, e-commerce shipping service that combines competitive speed with attractive prices.

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