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FedEx Canada Flies High with CF-18 Air Demonstration Team

TORONTO , Canada June 04, 2004 – Federal Express Corp. (“FedEx Express”), the world’s largest express transportation company, is pleased to sponsor the CF18 Hornet aircraft demonstration team for the 2004 Canadian airshow season. It is FedEx’s second year supporting the Canadian Air Force team, and the company is a longstanding supporter of airshows across Canada .

This year, the Canadian Air Force celebrates its 80th Anniversary. This occasion offers the opportunity to celebrate the Canadian Forces’ significant contribution to peace and security around the world.

“FedEx considers it a privilege to support the demonstration team as they fly the CF-18 Hornet across the country,” said Rajesh Subramaniam, president of FedEx Express Canada. “As the world’s largest express transportation company with a fleet of 643 aircraft, we appreciate the importance of employing leading edge aircraft and information technology to meet the needs of our customers.”

Captain Dave Pletz, 2004 Canadian Forces CF-18 Demonstration Pilot, 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec , says, “I invite all Canadians to meet with our team during airshows across Canada this summer. You will not be disappointed by our exciting demonstration that shows the dedication, precision and professionalism of the Canadian Air Force.”

About FedEx Canada

Federal Express Canada Ltd. is a global logistics and transportation company offering domestic and international shipping and electronic commerce solutions. The company uses real-time package status tracking systems, automated customs clearance services and a dedicated air and ground transportation network to serve Canadian and global markets. Celebrating 16 years in Canada , FedEx is dedicated to being the nation’s “employer, neighbour and shipper of choice.” FedEx employs approximately 5,000 people in over 60 facilities coast-to-coast. For more information, visit

About CF-18 Demo Team

“The CF-18 is one of the world’s finest multi-role jet fighters, able to carry out a myriad of air to air and air to ground missions. It is currently undergoing a major modernization program that will ensure the jet’s operational viability until the 2017 - 2020 time frame. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Canadian Air Force. This special occasion offers Canadians an opportunity to celebrate and pay tribute to all the men and women who have, and continue to proudly wear the Air Force uniform. It is an opportunity to reflect upon the heroic war and peacetime sacrifices of those who have paid the ultimate price and it allows us to honour the traditions and heritage of the Canadian Air Force. The Air Force, past and present, is a great source of pride for Canada and we invite you to help us celebrate the 80th anniversary of this unique and important element of the Canadian Forces and its’ significant contribution to peace and security around the world. The 2004 CF-18 Demonstration Jet, flown by Capt “Super” Dave Pletz, performs an exciting and dynamic show. Four technicians ensure that the demonstration jet flies at peak performance for every demonstration. Master Corporal Yvan Cote, Master Corporal Rino Couterier, Corporal Alain Roy, and Corporal Gaetan Gaudreault join Capt Dave Pletz and together they are the 2004 CF-18 Air Demonstration Team.”

FedEx Airshow Schedule & Information:

Winnipeg Airshow

June 5 - 6

Calgary Airshow

June 19 - 20

London Airshow

June 26 - 27

Nova Scotia International Airshow

September 11 - 12