FedEx freighter deal ‘on the agenda’ – Bloomberg

FedEx senior management met at the weekend to discuss a $5bn order for at least 25 Boeing 767 freighters, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
Citing “two people familiar with the matter”, Bloomberg said that the US parcel giant’s directors met in the Seattle area over the weekend, where the deal was “on the agenda”.
Industry speculation late last week suggested that FedEx is about to place an order for 50 767-300F and ten 777F freighter aircraft. The reports are based on a report in aviation newsletter Leeham News.
It is a busy time for FedEx management, which is currently looking to gain regulatory approval for its $4.8bn takeover of TNT, the Netherlands-based parcel operator which would be forced to dispose of its freighter fleet as part of the deal.
“We constantly work on aligning our fleet plans with our business needs,” FedEx spokesman Jim McCluskey told Bloomberg by e-mail. “We have nothing to announce at this time.”
Marc Birtel, a Boeing spokesman, said the Chicago-based planemaker had no comment.

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