Etihad Airways adds seven new Airbus A350F freighters to its fleet

Etihad Airways has confirmed its order with Airbus for seven new generation A350F freighters, following its previous commitment announced at the Singapore Air Show.

Cargo aircraft will upgrade the Union’s cargo capacity by deploying the most efficient cargo aircraft on the market.

This order of the A350F sees the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates expand its relationship with Airbus and adds to its existing order for the largest passenger version of the A350-1000, five of which have been delivered.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In building one of the world’s most modern and sustainable fleets, we are pleased to extend our long-standing partnership with Airbus to add the A350 Freighter to our fleet.

This additional cargo capacity will support the unprecedented growth we are seeing in the Etihad Cargo division. Airbus has developed a highly fuel-efficient aircraft that, together with the A350-1000 in our passenger fleet, supports our commitment to reach net carbon emissions by 2050.”

Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer and president of Airbus International, said:

“This new generation of large cargo ships offers unprecedented and unparalleled benefits in terms of range, fuel efficiency and CO2 savings, which support customers by enhancing operational efficiencies at the same time while reducing environmental impact.”

Etihad also entered into a long-term agreement for Airbus Flight Hours Services (FHS) to support its entire fleet of A350s, maintain aircraft performance and improve reliability. This is the first Airbus FHS contract agreement for the A350 fleet in the Middle East.

Separately, the consortium has also selected Airbus’ Skywise health monitoring system, allowing the airline to access real-time management of aircraft events and troubleshooting, saving time and reducing the cost of unscheduled maintenance.

As part of the world’s newest long-range family, the A350F offers a high level of commonality with the A350 passenger models. With a payload capacity of 109 tons, the A350F can serve all freight markets. The aircraft features a large main cargo door on the deck, with improved fuselage length and capacity around industry standard pallets and containers.

More than 70% of the A350F’s airframe is made from advanced materials, resulting in a take-off weight of 30 tons, reduced fuel consumption by at least 20% and lower emissions than its current nearest competitor. The A350F fully meets the ICAO’s enhanced CO2 emissions standards which will come into effect in 2027. Including today’s commitment, the A350F has won 31 confirmed orders from six customers.

The A350F meets the impending wave of alternatives to large cargo ships and evolving environmental requirements, shaping the future of air freight. The A350F will be powered by the latest technology, the fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

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