A Boeing 727-200F aircraft from FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) made its final descentWednesday onto the runway at the Williamsport Regional Airport. Celebration of this landing and tremendously generous donation to Pennsylvania College of Technology took place at the college’s Lumley Aviation Center. A tour of the aircraft followed its arrival.
The aircraft was presented in a formal ceremony after it was flown in and landed at the airport facility in Montoursville. In addition to the FedEx officials, attendees at the event included college, community and airport officials, and Penn College students, faculty and staff.
“As we retire this 727 from our fleet, we are proud to give back to the aviation community,” said David Sutton, managing director of Aircraft Acquisition and Sales for FedEx. “The donation of this aircraft by FedEx is just one example of the many ways we support educational endeavors, reflecting the community spirit shared by all FedEx employees in the communities where we live and work.”
He noted the “hands-on training value” the large freighter will provide to the college’s aviation program students.
Since 2000, FedEx has donated 51 of its Boeing 727 aircraft to various organizations for educational purposes. Before its final flight, aircraft 727-200 REGISTRATION NUMBER N465FE provided FedEx with 20 years’ service transporting packages to destinations throughout the United States.
As with other FedEx community service programs, there are numerous success stories resulting from our partnership.
“We are most grateful to FedEx for the donation of this aircraft,” Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour said of the college’s partnership with the company. “It will serve as a superb educational resource for students in our aviation majors within the School of Transportation Technology. The complex flight controls, hydraulics, electrical and other systems will enable hands-on learning in areas that could only be simulated previously. This transport-category aircraft will help better prepare our students for productive careers in the commercial aviation industry.”
About FedEx Express FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.
About FedEx Corp. FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit on the Web.
Pennsylvania College of Technology Penn College is a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University, committed to applied technology education. More than 6,000 students are enrolled in associate- and bachelor-degree programs relating to more than 100 different career areas. The college manages the state’s largest worker-training program through its Workforce Development & Continuing Education unit, and the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center, a collaboration between Penn College and Penn State Cooperative Extension, provides a variety of resources to the community and the oil and gas industry. The modern Penn College campus offers students hands-on instruction and access to the latest equipment, leading to excellent graduate placement and “degrees that work.” For more information, visit online .