A Look Back: The Top 10 Shipments of 2008
January 7, 2009
The FedEx network delivers over 7.5 million packages a day. While every package is important, we’ve complied a list of 10 of our most unusual and noteworthy shipments of 2008.
- Through our relationship with the American Red Cross, FedEx donated shipments totaling more than 823,000 pounds in 2008.
- After the massive earthquake that hit China on May 12, FedEx and Heart to Heart delivered the first private airlift of relief supplies to China on May 26. A FedEx MD11 cargo plane delivered 70 tons of humanitarian aid valued at $1.5 million (US).
- FedEx charitable support of the United Service Organization (USO) provided for the delivery of 1.5 million care packages in support of our troops.
- FedEx Express delivered Deano, the California sea lion, to the Houston Zoo in late May. Tipping the scales at nearly 600 pounds, Deano made a transpacific flight from Hawaii to Houston.
- Through our relationship with Operation Warm, FedEx delivered 126,000 new children’s winter coats to nonprofit agencies for distribution to local children in need.
- The FedEx Express Indianapolis hub provided logistics and shipping for Operation Walk, which provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries with no access to life improving care. A total of 69 surgeries were performed in Nicaragua on the 2008 mission.
- The FedEx Express ramp in Austin, TX, in conjunction with the Charles de Gaulle Hub in Paris, coordinated the movement of two drop tanks from the “Lost Battalion” of WWII for the Texas Military Forces Museum. The tanks were dropped during WWII with supplies for the survival needs of soldiers and were intact for the museum display.
- FedEx Express delivered 7 whales and 4 dolphins from Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to the Mystic Aquarium in CT for a temporary relocation during a major overhaul of Shedd’s Oceanarium. FedEx Charters coordinated all logistics, including 129 ramp and handler employees involved in the flights
- FedEx Express provided the transportation of two orphaned grizzly cubs from Anchorage to Indianapolis Zoo. The cubs were orphaned in mid-August and were turned over to the Alaska Zoo until they were found a home. The cubs flew on FedEx scheduled service with a warm welcome by our Indy Hub employees before heading off to their new residence at the Indianapolis Zoo.
- FedEx Freight and FedEx Express continued the support for the Trees for Troops program in 2008. More than 400 donated Christmas trees were sent to US troops serving in Iraq while more than 16,000 trees were provided for families stationed at military bases in the United States.