Under the World Wide Express-5 program, the United States Transportation Command (US TRANSCOM) Directorate of Acquisition at Scott Air Force Base, IL has issued 3 multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, fixed-price contracts worth a total maximum of $853.3 million. This will cover international express delivery of packages and letters weighing 300 pounds or less. This is not the same thing as the Defense Logistics Agency’s Small Surface Package Program, or the billions of dollars in annual international airlift contracts issued by the Pentagon over the last few years – but some of the companies do overlap.
The initial contract award value to each winner is $2,500, and winners will compete for delivery orders over the contract. This arrangement is a one-year base contract for FY 2012, with 4 more 1-year options that could take the contract to Sept 30/16. Unlike the $400 million FY 2008-2011 contract, which had 9 offers and 9 eligible firms, World Wide Express-5 had just 5 bidding firms, and only 3 awards were announced, to:
- Federal Express, Washington, D.C. (HTC711-12-D-C001)
- United Parcel Service in Louisville, KY (HTC711-12-D-C003)
- Polar Air Cargo in Purchase, NY (HTC711-12-D-C002). They’re a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide, and partnered with DHL. Atlas was not included in the 2007 contract, but Atlas and Polar have received some international airlift contracts in the past. They recently entered the military passenger charter market with their 1st 747-400 charter flight, in May 2011.