FedEx Facts

FedEx 40th Anniversary

FedEx 101

  • FedEx Express celebrated its first official night of operations on April 17, 1973 under the Federal Express brand.
  • FedEx Corporation was created in 1998 as FDX Corp. and became FedEx Corp. in January 2000.
  • FedEx serves through its various companies more than 220 countries and territories, including every street address in the United States.
  • FedEx Express has 1,173 stations and 10 air express hubs.
  • FedEx Express has more than 660 aircraft, with more than 375 airports served worldwide.
  • FedEx Ground has 33 ground hubs and more than 500 pickup/delivery terminals.
  • FedEx Freight has approximately 355 service centers.
  • FedEx Office offers shipping and business services at nearly 1,800 operating facilities in five countries.
  • The FedEx family of companies has more than 90,000 motorized vehicles for express, ground, freight and expedited delivery service.

Memphis World Hub Facts

  • The FedEx World Hub covers 862.8 acres alongside the Memphis International Airport.
  • The FedEx Memphis World Hub has a sorting capacity of 160,000 packages per hour and 265,000 documents per hour.
  • The FedEx World Hub has 42 miles of conveyor belts.
  • The FedEx World Hub has 108 gates for wide body planes, 44 gates for narrow body planes, and 44 gates for small “feeder” planes.
  • As the evening sort begins at the FedEx World Hub, FedEx planes land at the rate of one every 90 seconds.
  • On April 17, 1973, Federal Express launched operations in Memphis with 14 small aircraft delivering 186 packages to 25 U.S. cities.
  • Today, the Memphis World Hub is the flagship of FedEx Express hubs in Indianapolis, Newark, Oakland, Fort Worth, Anchorage, Miami, Toronto, Paris, Cologne, Germany and Guangzhou, China.

Corporate Culture

  • FedEx has more than 300,000 team members across the globe.
  • In October 2012, The Great Place to Work® Institute (GPTW) announced its second “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” list. FedEx Express ranked number 7 on this list of 25 companies. This was the second year FedEx placed in the Top 10 of this list.
  • FedEx has also been consistently ranked in FORTUNE’s Global Most Admired Companies and America’s Most Admired Companies lists since 2002 and 2001, respectively.
  • Around the world, FedEx continues to be ranked among the best companies to work for, as evidenced by our most recent accolades in Central America, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, France and the United Arab Emirates. 
  • All FedEx planes are named for a child of a team member. FedEx Express employees can submit the name of their child for consideration. Names are chosen in a random drawing. Each airplane name is unique; therefore, if a name is already in use, another name will be drawn.

Social Responsibility

  • In FY 2012 FedEx donated space for 3.1 million pounds of charitable shipping globally.
  • Notable recent FedEx disaster relief efforts:
    • Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan:  Committed $1M worth of cash and in-kind shipping of relief supplies and worked with relief agencies to reach survivors and first responders.
    • Earthquake in China and Myanmar:  Provided $300,000 in cash and $500,000 in in-kind shipping support, including a FedEx MD-11 charter flight with more than 250 pallets of critically needed medical supplies.
    • Famine in Somalia:  In collaboration with UNICEF, donated two Boeing 777F flights to deliver approximately 182 tons of high-nutrition foods.
    • Large-scale disasters in the U.S.:  Shipped nearly 200,000 pounds of supplies for the American Red Cross during spring / summer 2011, when 35 large-scale disasters struck 24 U.S. states.
    • Earthquake in Turkey:  Provided a charter flight to deliver 600 ShelterBoxes to survivors.  Each box is designed for a family of 10 and contains a disaster relief tent, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, a stove, basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
    • FedEx has long-term relationships with the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Heart to Heart International, Direct Relief International and other organizations which enable us to bring much needed medicine, cots, comfort kits, water and food supplies to affected areas immediately following natural disasters.


  • FedEx has set ambitious goals to reduce its footprint where it has the greatest environmental impact:
    • Reduce aircraft emissions 30 percent by 2020 on an emissions per available-ton-mile basis.
    • Increase FedEx Express vehicle efficiency by 20 percent by 2020, including via support of new technology.
    • Get 30 percent of our jet fuel from alternative fuels by the year 2030.
    • Expand on-site renewable energy generation and procurement of renewable energy credits and all new FedEx Express US buildings will seek LEED certification.
  • FedEx also developed EarthSmart, the next evolution of the FedEx sustainability commitment, with a focus on solutions, workplace and community.


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