Currently, Cargolux, Nippon Cargo, Atlas Air, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, Korean Air Cargo, and Cathay Pacific Cargo are the only operators of the Boeing 747-8F. I was thinking if FedEx would benefit from operating the -8F. I remember they had the Airbus A380F on order. Later on, they decided to cancel.
I believe the -8F would benefit FedEx. It could even help replace some A300s, A310s, MD-10s and MD-11s. I believe it would benefit because it is more efficient, double the range of the A300, A310, ranges about 1,000-2,000 km longer than the MD-10-10 MD-11, but doesn’t range as far as the MD-10-30 (MD-10-30 ranges 10,622 km while the -8F ranges 8,130 km). The MTOW is triple the MTOW of the A300 and A310, and 300,000-400,000 lbs more than the MD-10 and MD-11.
Do you think FedEx would benefit with the -8F? Would they order them in the near future even though they have 50 Boeing 767-300Fs and 20 more 777-200Fs on order? If the A380F would’ve existed, would they have benefited with it? Would UPS have benefited with the A380F and/or the -8F?
More side questions. With FedEx due to get their first Boeing 767-300F, will they be equipped with winglets? I also noticed that their Boeing 757s aren’t equipped with winglets. Why aren’t all of FedEx’s Boeing 757s equipped with winglets? Have they not been approved for the Freighter version? If they are in the near future, will FedEx consider equipping them with winglets?