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FedEx expects says it expects to handle 380-400million packages on its global network between Black Friday (24 November) and Christmas Eve.
It also predicts that it will more than double its average daily volume of 13 million shipments on three Mondays over the Christmas period.
It attributes the surge to e-commerce-savvy consumers making more last-minute purchases.
FedEx’s main European hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle regularly handles over 300 aircraft per week and handles around 1,200 tonnes of freight per day. The Central and Eastern Europe hub in Cologne handles 58 weekly flights to and from Europe, the US, and Asia.
Worldwide, over 400,000 team members are preparing for the peak season on the FedEx global network, which consists of more than 650 planes (the second largest airline in the world in terms of number of aircraft) and more than 150,000 motorised vehicles.