FEDEX is to permanently retire 18 A310-200s and six Boeing MD-10-10s due to the continuing slump in demand for air cargo.
The aircraft have already been grounded so they will not be taken out of active service.
“The decision to permanently retire these aircraft will better align the US domestic air network capacity of FedEx Express [with] current and anticipated shipment volumes,” the express carrier says.
These freighters are on top of the five 727-200s decommissioned at the start of this year and the 21 tri-jets planned for retirement for next year.
“Along with the decisions to retire these 50 aircraft, we are also developing detailed operating and cost structure plans to further improve our efficiency,” said FedEx Express chief executive officer, David Bronczek.
“We expect to provide additional information on these plans in the [autumn].”
However, FedEx Express will continue to accept delivery of further 757-200s and 777s as part of its fleet modernisation drive.