Delivering the Holidays, FedEx Style

DSC_0222.jpg This year marks the ninth annual “Trees for Troops” program delivered by FedEx. Today, FedEx volunteers in Thorntown, Ind., are officially kicking off this year’s initiative as they prepare hundreds of fresh trees destined to military members stationed in the Middle East. For military personnel serving abroad, the trees will provide a living connection to their holiday traditions at home.

Saying goodbye to the 727 aircraft

Boeing-FedEx-727-intro.jpg For 35 years, Boeing 727 aircraft were a reliable workhorse for the world’s largest express transportation company. Now, the venerable 727 narrow-body freighter closes an enduring chapter in aviation history as FedEx becomes the last major carrier to retire the aircraft from service. The retirement is part of our aircraft modernization strategy.

FedEx team member Al Hill was selected to jumpseat on the final revenue flight of a FedEx 727, on a route from Indianapolis to Memphis, and he shared some of his thoughts with us:

...People have often asked me about my "dream aircraft", and I always say it is the 727, because of its stature. Because of it, we accomplished so much. It really put Federal Express out there. I have some emotions that I didn’t think I would see the day when we wouldn’t fly them anymore...

Taking O Tannenbaum to the Troops

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While the holidays are the busiest time for FedEx, one of the most special holiday gifts we are delivering this season is a Christmas tree. Thousands of them, to be exact. Trees for Troops brings together FedEx, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and tree farmers across America to transport thousands of real Christmas trees to U.S. military service members stationed overseas, as well members of the armed forces and their families on military bases in the U.S.

Signs of a Hopeful Spring

DD_Indy Group.jpg Recently, FedEx locations in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and around the country may have looked more like a flower farm than a package sorting facility to visitors and employees alike. That’s because this week marked the company’s 15th year of support for the American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days spring fundraising event – a time when millions of daffodil blooms are prepared, packaged and delivered by FedEx Express and FedEx Ground team members to donors in dozens of cities across 10 states nationwide.

Delivering the Super Bowl

During the holidays, we often hear the Peak shipping season referred to as our “Super Bowl”.

Well, when the big game comes to your hometown, that term becomes larger than life. Indianapolis recently hosted Super Bowl XLVI and FedEx played a major role delivering the biggest game of the year. Planning begins months in advance and impacts all operations. Here’s a behind the scenes look at how we delivered the Super Bowl: