2 JULY 2012
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FedEx, the cargo operator, has completed a deal with Boeing that will keep the 767 line open at Everett, Seattle, until 2019 at least. It is acquiring 19 additional Boeing 767-300 aircraft in addition to the 27 ordered back in December. Total sales of the aircraft are now around 1,140 with details of a major USAF order yet to emerge.
The latest purchase by FedEx is for aircraft that will replace current MD-10 and A310-200 planes from 2012 onwards. The new aircraft provide similar capacity to the MD-10s, but are about 30% more fuel-efficient and reduce unit operating costs by more than 20%, the company said.
FedEx Express now operates 19 long-range 777 freighters and said it is committed to buying an additional 24. www.boeing.com/commercial
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