FedEx aircraft boneyard - Victorville, CA

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by worldwide, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. worldwide

    worldwide Active Member

  2. bacha29

    bacha29 Well-Known Member

    As long as X has their cash cow called Fedex Ground they will continue to modernize their fleet.
     
  3. Star B

    Star B White Lightning

    um... and? Everyone sends stuff to VCV... Some planes are robbed for parts, others are brought back into service. There are probably still a ton of Comair CRJ-200s still out there. Skywest likes to bring them back into service when their current fleet of CRJ2s run out of cycles.
     
  4. bacha29

    bacha29 Well-Known Member

    If X wasn't able to buy RPS in 1997 they would probably be flying Super Constellation's and Coranado's
     
  5. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    True, but many of these aircraft are the DC10s Fred was buying as late as 2004-2005 and converting to modernized cargo MD10s at tremendous cost. These were supposed to be "20 year" aircraft from which we got just about 10 years of service. That's bad planning. The 767 freighters FedEx is buying now have been available since 1986, which is when UPS purchased the initial aircraft.

    Bad decisions from bad management.
     
  6. Star B

    Star B White Lightning

    just trying to stealing a play from Deltas book.... DL buys MD88/90s, refurb them, and run em in the ground cuz they are cheap. Just look at their order of B717 (aka the MD95)
     
  7. What about the tail problem on the MD 88?
     
  8. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Converting DC10s into MD10s wasn't cheap. Figure almost all of them had to be converted from PAX to freighters, and then all were upgraded to MD11 avionics etc. A refurbishment is different from a conversion.
     
  9. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    They probably wouldn't be flying at all. Ground is the green air beneath Express wings.
     
  10. bacha29

    bacha29 Well-Known Member

    As Mr. Fedex pointed out the fact that he would even consider using DC10's is absolutely amazing given their bad safety record and well known high cost of operation. Consider also the size of the support network required to service and repair all of the various makes and models they had in their inventory. Glad to see that they are finally streamlining things a little and finally realizing that cheap and economical are not the same thing..
     
  11. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    There are also a few MD11s out there. If it has winglets, it's a Deathstar. Those are pretty new for freighters. More evidence our upper management makes bad decisions. UPS was upgrading it's fleet 30 years before we were.
     
  12. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    DC10's were terrible when new but not that bad once the worst problems were fixed. The name with its bad reputation could not be fixed though. Rebranded as MD11. The biggest problem is the cost to fly those old dinosaurs which is why its cheaper to park them in the desert and buy new planes.
     
  13. Slick silver

    Slick silver Active Member

    I would say the same could be said about vehicles. Ups figured it out decades ago, spend a little bit more and you can make a truck last 15 to 20 years. Heck most of the trucks here at FedEx will be lucky to make it 10. I heard most of those ups trucks that are gas powered are running on the gm corvette motors. Heck FedEx ground is running those crappy ford motors that drink oil
     
  14. It's not just the DC10 and MD11's mothballed, there is also a bunch of Airbus A300s and A310s in that picture too!
     
  15. rod

    rod retired and happy


     
  16. Chip and Dales
     
  17. bacha29

    bacha29 Well-Known Member

    The reason it didn't work as an ad is because there wasn't 147 different company logos plastered all over it
     
  18. dvalleyjim

    dvalleyjim Member

    I used to live not far from this storage place in Mojave, CA . It's cool. They will redo and update these planes when the get a deal with some 3rd world airline. Some of these planes are 30 years old and too old for the FAA but fine for Argentina airlines.