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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Too bad they never came out with the MD-17. I'd love to see a C-17 in Fedex or UPS livery.
The BC-17X (formerly known as the MD-17) offers new air cargo delivery capabilities ideally matched to the global changes occurring in logistics and manufacturing. Manufacturers and shippers of all types are being challenged for time definite delivery to global markets. Often these are emerging markets located in remote locations and characterized by limited transportation infrastructure. Worldwide demand for heavy and outsize goods, defined as too large to fit through the doors of conventional freighter aircraft, is increasing. High valued products including satellites, construction equipment, and power generating equipment require special handling. Regardless of cargo size, there is an increasing requirement for rapid delivery to satisfy customers. This service time provides competitive advantage and minimizes inventory, insurance, trans-shipment and handling costs as well as other elements of the total logistics cost chain. With the BC-17X, logistics planners have new options for picking up products closer to the manufacturing source and delivering them nearer the final destination.