said Monday that it plans to spend $2.6 billion to replace its narrow-body fleet of
727-200 planes with 757-200 aircraft.
FedEx said that compared with the 727 planes, the 757 has 20% greater payload capacity and a 25% lower operating cost per pound. The 757 planes are also quieter and more fuel-efficient, the delivery giant said.
FedEx Express expects to bring the nearly 90 new aircraft into service between 2008 and 2016. FedEx's total capital spending forecast for fiscal 2007 remains at $3 billion.
The company also said it named Steven Loranger, chairman of
, to its board. Shareholders at FedEx's annual meeting, held Monday, also re-elected the company's other 13 director nominees.
FedEx shares recently were down 64 cents to $105.39.