From early April, FedEx Express is to start flying between TNT’s European air hub in Liege and the FedEx World Hub in Memphis, Tennessee.
The FedEx aircraft will continue from Memphis on a round the world route to Shanghai via Seattle and Anchorage before continuing west to Liege.
The international logistics company will use Boeing 777 Freighters for the round the world service. Each aircraft has the capacity to carry up to 116 tons of cargo.
According to FedEx this is an ‘important step’ in tying together the global networks of FedEx and TNT.
“This new flight by FedEx Express is a tangible example of the customer benefits that the acquisition of TNT will bring,” said David Cunningham, President and CEO of FedEx Express. “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.”
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.”
FedEx bought TNT for its pan European networks and access to parts of the region that it had not. This is one of many steps toward integration of the two firms.
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