A new generation of A350F freighters will join Etihad Airways’ fleet

2022-08-06 0 By

Etihad Airways has signed an agreement of intent with Airbus to order seven A350F freighters at the Singapore AirShow 2022.The new aircraft will join Etihad’s existing fleet of five A350-1000 aircraft.In addition, Etihad airways has opted for airbus Hourly Maintenance Service (FHS) to support its A350 fleet.Tony Douglas, Etihad Airways Group chief executive, said: “Etihad Airways is delighted to extend our partnership with Airbus to include this remarkable aircraft in our future cargo fleet.As our cargo business continues to perform well and we strive for a more sustainable future with a younger, more fuel-efficient fleet, the addition of the A350F freighter will play a key role in driving our long-term cargo strategy and achieving our goal of reducing co2 emissions by 50 percent by 2035.””We are delighted to have signed this agreement with our long-time partner, Etihad Airways, so soon after their A350 aircraft enters service and thank etihad Airways for their recognition of this new revolutionary aircraft, the A350F freighter.”Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer and head of Airbus international operations, said: “The only current generation large freighter will stand out in its segment with range, fuel consumption and co2 reduction.”As a member of the world’s leading modern long range aircraft family, the A350F freighter is highly versatile with the A350 passenger version, capable of carrying up to 109 tons, and will serve different types of cargo markets.The A350F uses a large main cargo compartment door, and fuselage length and capacity are optimized for industry standard pallets and containers.More than 70 per cent of the airbus A350F freighter’s fuselage is made of advanced materials, allowing it to have a take-off weight of 30 tonnes lighter than its current nearest competitor and reduce fuel consumption and emissions by at least 20 per cent.The A350F freighter will fully meet the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) enhanced CO2 emissions standards that will come into force in 2027.So far, 29 confirmed and committed orders for the A350F freighter have been received from five customers.The Airbus A350F freighter is designed to shape the future of air cargo by meeting the coming wave of large freighter replacements and changing environmental requirements.The A350F freighter will be powered by the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engine, which is technologically advanced and fuel-efficient.