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FedEx Launches New Direct Flight Between Europe and Japan

FedEx launched a new intercontinental flight between Europe and Japan, which improves direct connectivity to the country and adds additional capacity to Japan and Northern China.

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The flight, operated by a Boeing 777, adds approximately 440,000 pounds of additional capacity per week. It departs from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, and flies four times per week directly to Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan.

It will then go on to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China. Additionally, one day a week, a flight will leave Charles-de-Gaulle Airport to Singapore Changi Airport, before travelling on to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, adding another 110,000 pounds of weekly capacity.

These new connections – along with the company’s recently announced flights for Asia Pacific exporters – strengthen the FedEx commitment to meeting customer demand, particularly for eCommerce shipments in the region.

Further, FedEx has invested in more on-the-ground infrastructure in Asia as well, including a new facility in the Philippines, to support cross-border trade between Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

In June 2021 FedEx reported a growth of eCommerce parcel volume by more than $1 billion year over year out of Asia and Europe.

The new flight will support businesses that operate on EU-Japan and intra-Asian lanes by improving access to APAC markets, many of which are rebounding following the initial shock economies experienced in 2020.

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  • Direct connectivity to Japan – customers will benefit from delivery within 48 hours to many key cities in Japan.
  • Additional capacity to other APAC markets – this flight provides customers with additional capacity for express and freight shipments.

“Online retail sales in APAC generated approximately $2.45 trillion in 2020 – and with research suggesting eCommerce sales in APAC are expected to almost double by 2025, it is crucial that European businesses can easily and reliably access the growth potential this region offers. Our latest network enhancement means European businesses now have improved access to the enormous growth opportunities available in Japan and other APAC markets, and they can rely on FedEx as a partner to grow their business on this thriving trade lane.”

Karen Reddington, president of FedEx Express Europe

The high-growth APAC markets will appeal to many European businesses looking to grow in the region. Japanese global imports increased by 28.3% between May 2020 and May 2021, and Europe accounts for 16% of all Japanese imports ($103 billion). Japan is also the fourth largest eCommerce market.

As one of the leading express logistics players in the APAC region, FedEx currently operates over 200 weekly flights in and out of APAC to trans-Pacific and European destinations, connecting EU and APAC customers to the company’s extensive global network.

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