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FedEx launches new flight route to improve Indian coverage

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

FedEx Express has launched a new intercontinental flight route to improve connectivity between India, Europe, Middle East, and the US.

The new Boeing 777F service will “provide Indian businesses with better international connectivity as well as additional capacity”, FedEx said.

The deployment of the new freighter is part of a series of service and capabilities up-grades by FedEx Express in India to strengthen the company’s commitment in the country.

The additional payload capacity from India will enable businesses of all sizes to capitalise on “untapped global business opportunities”.

Kenneth F Koval, vice president, Operations, FedEx Express India, said: “Indian businesses are now increasingly expanding beyond geographical boundaries and trading at a global level. This widespread growth has been a strong driving force behind increased cargo space and enhanced connectivity.

“The deployment of a new Boeing 777F is aimed at meeting this demand.  The aircraft will offer improved payload capacity, thus addressing the growing need for additional space as well as further underlining our commitment to offering unparalleled connectivity to our customers in India.”

The new Boeing 777F is the world’s largest twin-engine cargo aircraft, which delivers operational efficiencies as well as greater fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions.

FedEx Express has already taken delivery of 12 Boeing 777Fs with 32 still on order; for a total of 44 Boeing 777Fs anticipated by the end of fiscal 2019.

The company’s investment is one in a series of flight enhancements introduced by FedEx Express in Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa to support increasing customer demand by adding capacity for key markets.

Earlier this year, the company launched five weekly direct flights between China and India to strengthen the burgeoning trade lane between India and Asia.

The company also launched a new connection between Europe and Asia in 2010 with a direct round-trip flight between Paris and Hong Kong – one of FedEx Express highest yielding trade lanes.

Source: Post&Parcel/FedEx

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