Retiring the MD10

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by MrFedEx, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    FedEx has made no secret of the fact that they want to retire their MD10 fleet ASAP and replace it with 757s and 767s. You remember this plane, right? These were the old DC10s we were buying up until 2005 or so, and converting them at tremendous cost into freighters with an MD11 cockpit. In other words, eliminating the flight engineer, and installing new avionics into a 3-engine fuel hog. Not very smart, but they'd be flying for another 20 years according to Fred. Well, I guess not. He had to sign-off on this bone-headed strategy, and now we'll be converting PAX 757s and 767s that are early versions being retired by the majors.

    Guess what? This will cost a boatload of money. Fred has already leveraged Boeing on the new aircraft he bought, because Smith had a deal where his options would be nullified if any new legislation (amending the RLA) was passed that made it easier for employees to organize. I would expect he has similar language for any additional Boeing orders.

    This is a double-whammy because Fred gets Boeing lobbying clout along with his own. Plus, my guess is that the PAX 757 and 767 conversion work will go to a right-to-work state provider that also has lobbying clout, as in they want those non-union conversion jobs and dollars pouring into their states.

    The net result for us is more investment into aircraft and less into hourly workers, so don't be expecting any decent raises or benefits any time soon. Fred will pay for all of this out of our back pockets, and we'll also pay for his stupidity in investing n MD10s.

    FU, Fred.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2015
  2. fedex_rtd

    fedex_rtd Active Member

    Yeh, Airbus told him to pack sand after we pulled out of the A380 much did that idea cost FedEx???
  3. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Airbus has fallen out of favor with FedEx for 2 big reasons:

    1 The A380 fiasco. I don't think Fred lost any money because Airbus had a 2 year delay. They still haven't launched a freighter version of the plane.

    2. Airbus aircraft are a maintenance nightmare compared to Boeing.
  4. edd_tv

    edd_tv Cardboard picker upper

    I thought I read somewhere some of the old pax 75 and 76 series they were looking at wouldn't be feasible since they will already have so many cycles and hours on them. Not sure if they can get around that TSO since it will be a freighter only
  5. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    With all the money they're saving on fuel they're probably paying for everything outright.
  6. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    They wouldn't do the conversions if the airframe cycles were an issue. Compared to a passenger carrier, FedEx planes are barely used.