FEDEX, THE US-based overnight-cargo specialist, is believed to be negotiating the purchase of United Airlines' (UAL) fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-10s.

FedEx already operates 35 DC-10s (22 -30s and 13 -10s), and in addition plans to run a fleet of 34 MD-11s by the end of 1998.

The talks are believed, to centre around the purchase of up to 36, of United's surviving 39 DC-10s for conversion into freighters. Of those under consideration by FedEx, 32 aircraft are in service and four are in storage.

UAL has declined to comment on the fate of its DC-10 fleet, which is being replaced by Boeing 777-200s.

Source: Flight International