FedEx History in APAC

 

FedEx Express (FedEx) conceived the idea of an international network more than 25 years ago, when it purchased Gelco Express International, a courier service with offices in Europe and Asia.

1984

  • Purchased Gelco, a courier company with offices in Europe and Asia.
  • Established FedEx operations in China and Japan.

 

1987

  • Established first Asia Pacific regional office in Hawaii.

 

1988

  • Began first direct, scheduled cargo services to Japan.
  • Began four weekly flights between Portland, Oregon and Narita.

 

1989

  • Purchased Flying Tiger Line, which gave FedEx flying rights to 21 countries.
  • Established FedEx operations in Australia, South Korea and Malaysia.

1990

  • Began FedEx operations in Taiwan.

 

1991

  • Commenced own ground operations in Malaysia with acquisition of local courier Nationwide Express and its ground vehicle fleet.
  • Acquired Flying Korea Co. Ltd. as a GSA of FedEx in South Korea.

 

1992

  • Relocated Asia Pacific headquarters to Hong Kong.

 

1994

  • Became the first express transportation company to be linked electronically with China customs.

 

1995

  • Launched FedEx AsiaOne® intra-Asia service with the opening of Subic Bay hub.
  • Began freight operations into and out of China.

 

1996

  • Connected China and Hong Kong directly to Subic Bay hub and the U.S.
  • Received operating permit for U.S.-China direct services.
  • Began flying own aircraft into and out of China, with weekly flights to Beijing and Shanghai.

 

1997

  • Launched Round-the-World flights, which improved service between Europe, Asia, and the U.S.
  • Strengthened China-U.S. and China-Asia flights to four times a week.
  • Began operations at FedEx Chiang Kai Shek (CKS) Transshipment Center in Taiwan.
  • Became first airline in Malaysia, apart from the national carrier, to handle its own aircraft.
  • Increased pick-up and delivery services to eight locations in Seoul and five other cities in South Korea.
  • Introduced FedEx interNetShip®, a completely automated desktop shipping system.

 

1998

  • At the conclusion of the U.S.-Japan bilateral aviation agreement, became the only U.S. all cargo carrier to have unlimited rights to fly to both intermediate and beyond points to and from Japan.
  • Expanded pick up and delivery services to 111 cities in China.
  • Began operation of FedEx dedicated express facilities at the Asia Airfreight Terminal at Hong Kong International Airport.
  • Launched FedEx International First®, allowing door-to-door delivery of shipments from Singapore to 90 major cities in the U.S. by 8 a.m. in one business day.
  • Opened FedEx Cargo Facility at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
  • Launched FedEx Ship, the Windows-based shipping solution.

 

1999

  • Connected Shenzhen, China to AsiaOne network
  • Moved to full ownership and management of FedEx operations in Thailand.
  • Signed agreement with Shenzhen Airport (Group) Co. to launch Shenzhen flights.
  • Expanded flight schedule to Beijing and Shanghai to five times per week.
  • Formed joint venture, Federal Express-Da Tian Co., Ltd., in Beijing with Da Tian W. Air Service Corporation.
  • Expanded pick-up and delivery service to 144 cities in China.
  • Opened Singapore Data Center, the hub for FedEx IT services and operations across Asia.

 

2000

  • Acquired Tower Group International to offer full range of global trade services.
  • Added five weekly flights from Tokyo to Beijing and the U.S.
  • Expanded pick-up and delivery service to 190 cities in China.
  • Delivered two giant pandas from China to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.
  • Began full direct service to South Korea with acquisition of Pri-Ex Inc.
  • Added seven flights into Thailand, one eastbound, six westbound.

 

2001

  • Added Vietnam to the AsiaOne network.
  • Added additional China frequency connecting Shanghai directly with the U.S.
  • Commenced operations of FedEx-Da Tian express handling facility at the International Express Shanghai Customs Supervision Center at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
  • Expanded pick-up and delivery service to 198 cities in China.
    Integrated import/export facilities at Kansai International Airport, Japan.
  • Transported the flesh-on-bone recreation of the 11-meter long SuperCronc, a 110 million-year-old dinosaur-eating crocodile, on its Asia Pacific exhibition tour by the National Geographical Channel via the AsiaOne network.

 

2002

  • Launched Round-the-World route connecting U.S. Asia Pacific and Europe.
  • Strengthened service offering between Asia Pacific and Europe with upgrade of MD-11 aircraft, doubling cargo capacity and expanding volume by 50 tons per day.
  • Expanded main sorting facility at Subic Bay, doubling size to 140,000 square meters.
  • Expanded 8,700-square meter facility at Taipei’s Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport.
  • Launched strategic retail agreement with Singapore Post (SingPost), allowing FedEx customers to send packages from SingPost branches.
  • First and only international carrier to offer a Money-Back Guarantee to customers across mainland China.

 

2003

  • Became the first express company to offer weekday door-to-door express delivery services to Dili, East Timor, since the country’s independence in 2002.
  • Made China an independent region with Shanghai as base, allowing more focus and responsive service to Chinese customers.
  • Launched industry’s first direct flight from Southern China to North America.
  • Delivered two giant pandas from China to the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee, U.S.

 

2004

  • Awarded 12 additional frequencies to China by the U.S. DOT.
  • Opened China region’s headquarters in Shanghai.
  • Added seven flights to Korea’s weekly schedule, the highest number of frequencies to South Korea among international express carriers; extended drop-off time by two hours.
  • Opened Asia Pacific Financial Services Center in Singapore, serving 14 nations across Asia.
  • Launched noon delivery service backed by money-back guarantee for inbound FedEx International Priority® of all shapes and sizes from Asia, Europe and the U.S. to Hong Kong.
  • Launched International Priority Dangerous Goods (IPDG) service to provide fast and reliable, time-definite service for classified or restricted goods in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Australia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Singapore.
  • Launched early delivery of all packages to all customers in Singapore.

 

2005

  • Launched the first express direct China to Europe flight from Shanghai to Frankfurt, Germany, part of the Westbound-Round-The-World route, which originates and terminates at Memphis.
  • Launched IPDG, an International Priority service, in Thailand, offering a time-definite service for classified and restricted goods.
  • Announced plans to build a new Asia Pacific hub at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Southern China.
  • Launched express industry’s first direct overnight link between India and China, part of the Eastbound-Round-The-World route that connects Europe, India, China and Japan with the FedEx U.S. hub in Memphis.

 

2006

  • Held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the FedEx Asia Pacific Hub at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
  • Announced the agreement to acquire DTW Group’s 50 percent share of the FedEx-DTW International Priority express joint venture, and DTW Group’s domestic express network in China for US$400 million.
  • Launched the three additional China frequencies awarded by the U.S. DOT in 2005, bringing total number of China frequencies to 26.
  • Launched a dedicated point-to-point flight service between Seoul, Korea and Anchorage. With five weekly flights, this service brought the total number of FedEx flights per week from Korea to the U.S. and Asian destinations to 25.
  • Opened a new facility in Australia’s Brisbane airport that more than doubled its capacity for air express freight in Brisbane.
  • Unveiled new Shinsuna station in Japan’s Greater Tokyo area, the largest station in the Asia-Pacific region. The new facility occupies more than 19,000 square meters, houses more than 400 employees and is equipped with technology capable of sorting 6,000 packages per hour.

 

2007

  • Announced next-business-day domestic services in China, offering next-business-day delivery services to more than 30 cities and day-definite services to more than 200 cities and counties throughout China. The hub-and-spoke system centered at the Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is capable of sorting up to 9,000 packages per hour.
  • As of March 25, 2007, FedEx had the rights to operate 30 weekly U.S.-China frequencies.

 

2008

  • Launched FedEx International Economy® service in 13 Asia Pacific markets, including Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Launched a new Airbus A310 flight service to Vietnam creating a fivefold increase in capacity into and out of the country, and a one-day improvement in transit times into and out of the capital, Hanoi
  • Revamped Asia-Pacific web site and enhanced its web-based shipping tool, FedEx Ship Manager at fedex.com, to create a more simplified user-interface and faster and more convenient shipping.
  • Celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of FedEx domestic services in China, offering an earlier next-morning delivery to nine major cities in China, and later cut-off times for intra-region shipments in the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta, Beijing and Tianjin.
  • Completed the first flight operations test at the new Asia-Pacific Hub at Guangzhou in southern China in December 2008 and announced the scheduled commencement of operations.

 

2009

  • Commenced operations at the new Asia-Pacific hub at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, southern China on February 6, 2009.
  • Opened FedEx Customer Service Center in Wuhan, China, June 2009, serving international express customers in east China and domestic time-definite customers throughout the country.
  • Introduced next-business-day service connecting mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore with France and Germany. The service enhancement will provide a one-business-day transit time to Europe for FedEx International Priority shipments that originate from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore destined for Frankfurt, Cologne and Paris, form Monday to Thursday.
  • Offered later cut-off times and earlier delivery services in the Pearl River Delta region beginning March and May 2009 respectively.
  • Enhanced FedEx inbound international express service in Shanghai, China, beginning October 2009. The enhanced delivery time applies to all inbound FedEx International Priority service shipments to most areas of Shanghai from Monday to Saturday, with a money-back guarantee.

2010

  • Launched the first Boeing 777 Freighter service connecting Shanghai, mainland China with the FedEx Super Hub in Memphis, Tennessee for the first time beginning January 4.
  • Launched FedEx General Delivery for China Domestic Service, effective January 4, which offers a more economic, not time-definite service, but with the same reliability that customers have come to expect from FedEx.
  • Received delivery of two diesel-electric hybrid trucks in Hong Kong in February, which help improve the city’s environment by reducing carbon output by 30%, compared to diesel vehicles that FedEx is currently using.
  • Expanded FedEx International Economy and International Economy® Freight services from Asia to Europe-Middle East (EMEA) and Latin America destinations in March, with an additional 11 and 15 destinations added to both regions respectively, bring a total reach of 36 destinations in EMEA and 16 destinations in Latin America.
  • Launched the first Boeing 777 Freighter service connecting Hong Kong with the FedEx Super Hub in Memphis, Tennessee, and a new overnight service from Hong Kong to its European hub in Paris, France, beginning March 29.
  • Added approximately 1,000 service points to FedEx network in Taiwan through a commercial agency agreement with Chunghwa Post, Taiwan’s official postal service authority. FedEx International Priority service would be made available in phases at more than 1,000 Chunghwa Post outlets, which would be established as FedEx Authorized Ship Centers, a development that is poised to benefit customers from more than 95 percent of postal delivery zones in Taiwan.
  • Launched the non-stop service between Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan and the FedEx Super Hub in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning in June, using the Boeing 777 Freighter. This flight originates from Singapore.
  • Announced FedEx latest capabilities, including a range of temperature-controlled cargo containers and packaging solutions for healthcare and pharmaceutical customers, as part of the FedEx HealthCare Solutions™ suite of services in June.
  • Announced later pick ups for all FedEx international low-value shipments bound for the Europe service land from Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Shaoxing in September. From Tuesday through Friday, customers in select areas of these five cities have an additional two hours to prepare their shipments.
  • Enhanced FedEx connectivity between China and the United States with the launch of two new flights services in October – a new transpacific flight from Beijing, China to Anchorage, Alaska, with a stop-over in Incheon, South Korea; and the other being a Boeing 777 Freighter service connecting Shenzhen to FedEx Super Hub in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • Launched the FedEx Electronic Trade Document solution in October, allowing shippers in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand to upload their international shipment documentation electronically, facilitating customs clearance and saving time and resources at the same time.
  • Launched a new flight to and from Hanoi four times a week from Tuesday through Friday starting from November. This new dedicated flight improves the transit time for outbound shipments from Hanoi by one business day.
  • Deployed a Boeing 777 Freighter to service the direct connection from Hong Kong to the FedEx Europe hub in Paris, France, beginning in December.
  • Enhanced FedEx same-day international shipping services from Eastern China to the U.S. with pick-up times up to two hours later, Monday through Friday, beginning December.

 

2011

  • Introduced a new direct connection between India and its Asia Pacific hub in January. The new dedicated A310 flight connects from FedEx Asia Pacific hub in Guangzhou – Mumbai – New Delhi – Guangzhou five-times a week.
  • Released the new iPhone and Blackberry applications and an enhanced FedEx mobile website in January, which allow mobile customers to track the status of a package, get a rate quote, schedule a pickup for Asia Pacific markets including Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, and the find a nearby FedEx location.
  • Introduced the worldwide technology enhancements for FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics service in January. The FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics allow customers to locate their most critical inventory at regional distribution centers and forward-stock locations across all Asia Pacific markets, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, among others.
  • Opened a new 2,230-square-meter FedEx station in Suzhou, China in March.
  • Improved the transit time for inbound shipments in the greater-Tokyo area, starting May 9.
  • Launched FedEx International First in May – a time-definite, customs-cleared, door-to-door service that will deliver shipments by 10a.m. on the same day of delivery commitment to Eastern and Southern China, and Singapore.
  • Signed a Strategic Collaboration Memorandum in June with Shanghai Airport (Group) Company Limited, in light of east China’s growing export market and Pudong International Airport’s ability to meet FedEx infrastructure requirements.
  • Released local language versions for FedEx mobile website in June, including Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai.
  • Launched a new Extra Large Pak (XL Pak) in 15 major Asia Pacific markets in August, including Australia, China, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Enhanced FedEx services in the same month along the Asia-Europe route with the roll out of a new A300-600 aircraft on the existing route from Incheon, Korea into Europe over the FedEx Asia-Pacific hub in Guangzhou, China, ten times per week.
  • Opened FedEx largest operation station in Shanghai in September in response to growing customer needs and package volumes in the local market.
  • Strengthened FedEx International Economy and FedEx International Economy Freight services in Asia in September, in which enabled the service to be available from more points of origin inside Asia Pacific to more destinations inside the region and beyond.
  • Enhanced FedEx service by a one-business day shorter transit time for non-document shipments from Asia Pacific to Italy starting from October.
  • Improved the transit time for shipments from Kyushu, Japan destined to Asia destinations by one business day in November.

 

2012

  • Expanded network coverage from Asia to markets in the Middle East in February, which built on the existing Asia – India connection, with the new routing - Guangzhou-Mumbai-Dubai-Delhi-Guangzhou.
  • Launched an Eco-drive campaign in 10 Asia-Pacific markets in March: Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, which aimed at improving fuel efficiency by changing the daily driving habits of hundreds of FedEx drivers.
  • Launching a carbon-neutral shipping program in April with the introduction of 100% recyclable carbon-neutral FedEx Envelope.
  • Announced in May the decision to establish a new FedEx North Pacific Regional Hub at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, which will serve as a consolidation point for shipments from northern Asia to the United States.
  • Extended the call-in cut-off time for outbound shipments from Taiwan to Europe and Africa in June to as late as 19:00.
  • Launched two additional Boeing 777 Freighter routes in Asia Pacific, connecting Shanghai and Guangzhou in China to the FedEx Hub in Cologne, Germany with five weekly flights from Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Further expanded FedEx International First service in Asia Pacific in August, allowing customers in Sydney, Australia and Osaka, Japan to benefit from earlier delivery time for shipments from the U.S., Canada and Latin America to Asia Pacific.
  • Launched a range of new tools and expansions to the suite of FedEx Mobile applications in August, expanding the FedEx Mobile website to 206 countries and in 25 languages, in which customers in 30 markets in Asia Pacific would benefit from this.
  • Opened FedEx new South Pacific Regional Hub in October, the first and only express transportation facility in Singapore, to better support customers in the Asia Pacific region and enhance their access to global markets.
  • Launched FedEx Priority Alert® and FedEx Priority Alert Plus inbound and outbound services in 10 Asia Pacific markets from October 1 to offer added connections and peace of mind for Asia Pacific customers who require the highest level of reliable monitoring for their time and temperature-sensitive shipments.
  • Signed an agreement with the Shanghai Airport (Group) Company Limited (SAA) in October to establish the new FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub in China, which is slated for completion in early 2017.
  • Extended call-in cutoff times by up to two hours for outbound shipments from Taiwan to the U.S. with the deployment of a non-stop Boeing 777 Freighter service between Taipei and FedEx World Hub in Memphis, U.S. in October.
  • Launched SenseAwareSM service in Australia and Singapore to allow customers better control their supply chain and stay connected to their most critical and time-sensitive shipments in near real-time.

 

2013

  • Launched the first major fleet of zero-emission all-electric vehicles for FedEx in Asia Pacific with ten vehicles deployed in Hong Kong in March.
  • Opened FedEx Express station in Khon Kaen, a major commercial city in Thailand’s second largest province, in March.
  • Delivered two giant pandas from Chengdu, China to Toronto Zoo on the specially chartered “FedEx Panda Express” MD-11F on March 25, 2013.
  • Nissan teamed up with FedEx Express to conduct field tests for its 100 percent electric e-NV200 commercial vehicle in Singapore in April.
  • Opened the first FedEx Express station in Hat Yai, southern Thailand’s largest city, in June.
  • Launched SenseAware service in Hong Kong in July, allowing customers get near-real-time tracking and increased visibility for their shipments.
  • Expanded operations facility at Beijing Capital International Airport in July, to increase its handling capacity for international shipments and meet growing customer demand for inbound and outbound shipment services in northern China.
  • Expanded the temperature controlled packaging (TCP) portfolio in 13 Asia-Pacific markets in August to include a new “cold shipping” packaging option for customers that require a refrigerated environment of 2-8° Celsius up to 96 hours for their shipments.
  • Introduced FedEx® Quick Form in 10 Asia Pacific markets including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, providing customers with greater convenience when processing shipments.
  • Further enhanced its range of cold chain shipping solutions in October to benefit the healthcare industry and customers with temperature-sensitive freight needs. This included Thermal Blanket, Cold Shipping Package Option, Deep Frozen Shipping Solution and ShipmentWatch.

 

2014

  • Further improved the web-based shipping tool FedEx Ship Manager in March with the availability of Thai language and reduced number of air waybills and commercial invoices for China outbound shipment.
  • Commenced operations at its new North Pacific Regional Hub located at Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan in April, to serve as a consolidation and transshipment point for shipments between Asia and the United States. On top of the current direct flight routes to the United States, a new route to Indianapolis in Indiana was added.
  • Launched the FedEx® Global Returns in September, a shipping solution designed to simplify the worldwide returns process, allowing retailers to better manage their customers’ returns experience, including editable return labels, customs documentation and flexible return destinations.
  • Broadened the FedEx International First early delivery service to include 31 new origin countries in October, including China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  • Expanded its retail network in the Philippines in October. Customers can ship through FedEx Authorized Ship Centers in 313 strategically-located 2GO Express and Universal Storefront Services Corporation (USSC) outlets nationwide.

 

2015

  • Introduced door-to-door pick-up and delivery services for dangerous goods shipped via FedEx International Priority services in Taiwan in March. Customers no longer have to arrange separate ground transportation from/to the airport.
  • Shanghai Airport (Group) Company Limited (SAA) announced in April the start of construction of the FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. With an investment of more than US$100 million, the new 170,000-square-meter facility includes a construction area of 85,000 square meters. The construction work is expected to be complete in the second half of 2016 and begin operations in the first half of 2017.
  • Extends its services to more than 5,000 7-ELEVEN stores around Taiwan in June. This brings FedEx retail service points to more than 6,300 together with the more than 1,300 FedEx Authorized Ship Centers1 at Chunghwa Post offices, Eslite Bookstores, Kodak Express stores and Sir Speedy centers.
  • Announced an agreement with Japan Post in June to collaborate in the area of international delivery services starting in 2015 Fall, which would offer a faster and more reliable international delivery service to customers in Japan and around the world.

 

Last Updated: June 2015

 


1The FedEx Authorized Ship Centers provide shipment drop-off service only, whereas the FedEx service at 7-ELEVEN includes self pick-up service only.