Remarks: At dusk, N850FD leads a line-up of a Boeing 777F, A310F and MD-11F, one example of each type of wide-body aircraft FedEx Express operates to India.
N850FD has a very interesting story. In keeping with FedEx Express' tradition of naming aircraft after the children of its employees, the aircraft is named Saad, after Saad Zia, the seven-month-old son of New Jersey based staffer Kashif Zia. This very aircraft, is featured by FedEx in its media centre to highlight this aircraft naming tradition. Also, in February 2010 this aircraft was given a special livery and was temporarily called "Panda Express" to commemorate its carriage of two giant Pandas non-stop from Washington DC Dulles airport in the United States, back to Chengdu in China. The plane returned back to its normal livery in September 2010.
Remarks: My friend and fellow aviation photographer Renato Serra Fonseca gets checked out in a FedEx B777 flight simulator. Renato flew multiple takeoffs and landings culminating in a reenactment of Sully Sullenberger's ditching in the Hudson, which by the way, he executed flawlessly!