(16 Dec 2020)
FedEx has taken delivery of the first ever
purpose-built turboprop regional freighter.
FedEx signed a firm order for 30 ATR freighters in
2017, with the option to purchase 20 more. FedEx already has over 40
turboprops in its existing fleet.
will be operated by ASL Airlines Ireland from Shannon Airport. ASL
has been a FedEx ATR operator since 2000, as part of the FedEx
Express Feeder fleet.
Jorn Van De Plas, Senior Vice President Air
Network and GTS Europe, FedEx Express said, “During what has been a difficult year both for
businesses around the world and for communities, we are proud to
remain at the heart of efforts to keep trade flowing and deliver
goods across Europe. This new ATR Feeder delivery lines up with
our overall ‘Reduce, Replace, Revolutionise’ sustainability
approach, replacing older, less efficient aircraft in a more
The ATR 72-600F has a freight capacity of 75m3 and
the aircraft’s large cargo door facilitates
the optimal loading of nine tonnes of payload offering the
option of carrying either bulk cargo or, when in Unit Load Device
(ULD) mode, five 88” x 108” pallets or up to seven LD3 containers.
The aircraft also features the latest upgradable
Standard 3 avionics suite.
Stefano Bortoli, Chief Executive Office of ATR,
said, “Every manufacturer is proud when it develops and delivers a
brand new aircraft, and given the uniquely challenging year the
industry and the whole world has faced, handing over to FedEx
Express this very first ATR 72-600F is an exciting and rewarding
moment for our whole team here in ATR. Freighters play a huge role
in supplying essential connectivity between economies all over the
world and the unique aspects of our modern purpose-built freighter
mean it will deliver operational benefits to companies that
integrate them into their fleet.”
As part of the FedEx Express commitment to
circularity, the two aircraft being replaced by the new ATRs will
be donated to Madrid airport where they will be used for fire
services training. These will be the 97th and 98th planes FedEx
has donated at the end of their service in the fleet.