40th Anniversary

FedEx at 40. What do forty years add up to? Lots of experience, lots of innovation, lots of ambition, lots of commitment, lots of enthusiasm and — lots of growth.

OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY

40 YEARS DELIVERING A BETTER FUTURE

On April 17, 1973, fourteen small French Dassault Falcon planes took to the skies from Memphis International Airport and 186 packages were delivered to 25 U.S. cities along the East Coast: the overnight express industry was born.

Forty years later, our fleet of 660 freighter aircraft along with thousands of FedEx trucks deliver millions of packages and documents to over 220 countries and territories every working day. Today FedEx is providing you with a fully integrated system to ship your packages around the world. In fact, most of the competition has built their business on the hub-and-spoke and track-and-trace models FedEx first introduced.

Our growth, innovation and success over the years is not due to any one contribution but to a great team effort of our 300,000 team members. So here’s to another 40 years - we look forward to continuing building on our success story that first took off from a small airport in Tennessee one memorable evening in spring all those years ago.

 

MAJOR FEDEX MILESTONES














1973
Operations begin: 389-strong workforce, 14 airplanes, 186 packages

1978
FedEx Express becomes a publicly traded company (FDX)

1981
Memphis SuperHub opens

1985
Regularly scheduled flights to Europe take off

1989
Start-up of services to the Middle East

1991
ExpressFreighter introduced - providing overnight delivery between the US, Europe and Asia

1996 
Online shipping

1997
FedEx Express launches an around-the-world flight

1998
Middle East and Indian subcontinent regional hub opens in Dubai

1999
Main European hub opens at CDG in France

2000 
Our parent company FDX is renamed ‘FedEx Corporation’ and services are divided into FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Global Logistics, FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Services

2001 
Stansted Gateway opens in UK

2006
FedEx acquires UK based ANC, now known as FedEx UK

2007
Delhi gateway begins operations and FedEx acquires PAFEX in India

2009 
Boeing 777F added to FedEx fleet

2010
The largest FedEx Express solar-powered hub worldwide opens in Cologne becoming the new Central and Eastern European gateway

2011 - 2012
In the past year alone, our Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa region has added 75 new stations, new routes & flight connections, domestic services, more than one thousand new team members and acquired AFL (India), Tatex (France), and Opek (Poland)

2013
FedEx turns 40 with over 300,000 team members, a fleet of 660 freighter aircraft and 3.6 million shipments every day

40 YEARS OF INNOVATION, EVOLUTION AND GROWTH

Technology is everywhere — the Internet, mobile devices and social media have all contributed to bringing our world closer together. At FedEx we’ve led the express transportation industry for more than two decades with many significant technological innovations. FedEx was built upon innovation and it continues to be an integral part of the FedEx culture and business strategy. Here are just a few innovation milestones over the past 40 years:

1980
Computers in our FedEx vans (DADS)
1984
Automated shipping
 
1986 
Hand-held bar code scanner for our Couriers
 
1993
Tracking software
 
1994
www.fedex.com
 
1996
Online shipping
 
2002
FedEx® PowerPad
 
2007
Customer service live online chat
 
2009
SenseAwareSM smart tracking launched in the US
 
2010
Electronic Trade Documents
FedEx joins Facebook
 
2011
FedEx Ship Manager™ Lite
 
2012
A brand new start for fedex.com
EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa) joins Twitter
EMEA launches SenseAwareSM
 

DID YOU KNOW?

FedEx is not just a remarkable business story. It’s a mosaic of captivating moments and unique events. Here are a few of the most memorable events and shipments over the years.

Four-legged freight:

1 unique table (it was Vincent van Gogh’s)
4 giant pandas
1 white tiger
45 show horses
1 hippopotamus
 

Unusual cargo:

World War II tanks
90 tons of parts of the Titanic
Priceless paintings by Goya, El Greco and Murillo
Madonna’s hair wigs for her concert
Jaws, the star of the famous film
504,000 bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau
The U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team yacht
A windmill from Denmark
An eight-ton statue of Filipino war hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal
A three-ton chocolate replica of Notre-Dame Cathedral

FedEx Cares. Our culture of community service and environmental initiatives distinguishes FedEx and has made a difference in millions of lives around the world. Here are a few ways we lend support to help deliver a better world:

100s of tons of aid relief donated to countries in need
1000s of trees planted across Europe
6,000+ volunteer hours
17,000+ sq. meters of solar panels
1,000,000s of euros donated to various non-governmental organisations