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Memphis Fedex Ramp Photo

Old 10th May 2008, 23:14
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Memphis Fedex Ramp Photo

What a sight !!

Click here for a bigger image http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1108051/

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Old 11th May 2008, 20:30
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Nice shot!! What is doesn't show is that around 4 PM and again at 3 AM all those planes are gone! FYI, Fed Ex is taking over the Tennessee Air National Guard ramp and the north side ramp and adding more hangers. The Indy hub is growing as well as Fed Ex bought the ATA facility. Growth is good.
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Old 11th May 2008, 21:04
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Great photo, but the thought springs to mind, 'all your eggs in one basket?' What contingency plans would there be in the event of a catastrophe, weather like a hurricane, runways u/s due to earthquakes?
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How about a tornado? A couple of FedEx ATR's went for an unauthorized flight into a ditch at Greensboro, North Carolina.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7393030.stm

Interesting question about earthquakes. While infrequent, there is a possibility of severe ones as they are near the New Madrid seismic zone.

I am confident they would have enough warning in the event of a hurricane as the predication capabilities in the U.S. are pretty good. (Katrina wasn't a failure of prediction. It was a failure of ensuring protective measures were adequate, and then ensuring that the emergency response was adequate.)
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Old 12th May 2008, 10:45
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Thanks for your interest.

We landed at 2.30pm on a Sunday.

At 4pm the Fedex Exodus Started - over 80 aircraft departed in only 90 minutes - quite a sight.

We waited up untill 11pm hoping to see a mass arrival - but it did not happen - according to a security guy the next day - it does.nt happen on a sunday night

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Old 12th May 2008, 10:59
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Reference has been made to " all your eggs in one basket" - someone must be contact with the Weather gods !

Well two days after we were there a severe storm hit the South - see link below http://edition.cnn.com/2008/US/weath...ref=newssearch

Ripping off a Hagar roof at Memphis - although not reported generally I understand that some damage was also done to some aircraft
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I read in Business week or similar a few years ago that the keep a "mobile depot" on stand-by for Wx events.

It is 2 - 4 aircraft packed with everything from IT to food/bedding etc that would be needed to rock up to a hanger and turn it into a hub in the event that another hub is out of action...

kind of a hub in a box (or MD80...)

They are used when regional hubs are closed due to hurricanes/monsoon/flood etc world wide.

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Old 12th May 2008, 13:05
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I'm sure the company has made plenty of contigency plans. They didn't get big by being stupid.
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Old 14th May 2008, 21:11
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Isn't the picture a pretty sight? It is correct that during the twice a day pushes those ramps are pretty empty. What a lot of people do not understand is Fed Ex is way more than the largest air package delivery comapny in the world. They are an interlocking of 9 companies, Fed Ex Express (the one most know), Fed Ex Ground, Fed Ex Frieght, Fed Ex Solutions and Technology, (Fed Ex owns the STC for the 727 hush kits and the new fire suppression system), Fed Ex Global Supply Chain Services, Fed Ex Custom Critical, Fed Ex Smart Post, Fed Ex Trade Networks, and Fed Ex Kinkos, all based in Memphis. Most of the DoD contracts (subcontracted out) are Fed Ex's in addition to the postal contracts and the other humanitarian services. And Fed Ex is expecting to get bigger with the introduction of new 757's and 777's and the opening of Hong Kong and Paris bases. Fed Ex is big and no better company could you fly for. In basic indoc the Cheif Pilot welcomes new crew members to the "last flying job they will ever have". Fed Ex means it.
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Old 14th May 2008, 22:28
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Amazing!...I'd like to see the Staff area just before flight Must be packed...
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Old 14th May 2008, 23:15
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"In basic indoc the Cheif Pilot welcomes new crew members to the "last flying job they will ever have". Fed Ex means it."

Funny - years ago FedEx crews were known as "Sky Nazis" as their company was known as a tough place to work.
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A Fedex Paris hub?

Just out of curiosity, would they still be operating N-registered aircraft with FAA pilots? or would there be the opportunity for European JAA pilots to get onboard?

Sorry for the newbie-ness nature of my post, but Im just about to dive head-first into the industry, Im interested in where future career paths could lead!

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Old 15th May 2008, 02:35
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FedEx already have a hub in Paris CDG, all the widebodys are N Reg, all the flight crews are US. most US based some though do live in Europe.

The 757 intro has been delayed somewhat and there are plenty of rumours abound, more MD11s into Europe and all sorts, watch this space the next couple of years Europewise will be very interesting for FedEx, althougn not all news is good.
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Old 15th May 2008, 13:16
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Unless there is a change in the union contract I doubt very seriously if there would be any European pilots. All new hires are assigned Memphis base and that would mean a green card. If you have a green card fine, but that still doesn't mean you would get Paris any time soon, if ever. Seniority rules when it comes to bidding equipment and bases.
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Old 15th May 2008, 13:19
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Thanks for the info guys!

No point applying at Fedex then when I get my shiney JAA licenses then

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Old 15th May 2008, 13:24
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Staff area is quite large with many terminals for the crew to get the flight information. Dispatch (for lack of a better word) is located off the airport and it is big. The operaton runs like a Swiss watch most of the time. Fed Ex has thier own crew bus system and even the drivers must pass written and practical test yearly. In fact every department goes through an audit yearly and any problems are identified and corrected quickly. It is one humdinger of an operation.
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I think you're confusing Fedex with UPS. I heard their management lovingly refered by that nick-name. I remember "brown shirts" used on occasion too.
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I stand corrected, frozenboxhauler. . . . . You are right.
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Old 16th May 2008, 23:06
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The really scary thing is all their eggs aren't in one basket. There is also the Indy hub (IND) plus regional hubs in Newark, Ft. Worth and Oakland.
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Old 16th May 2008, 23:19
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i feed to fed ex in europe...just an amazing operation......great to be part of it.
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