Etihad confirms order for seven Airbus NextGen A350F freighters
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Etihad confirms order for seven Airbus NextGen A350F freighters

Etihad confirms order for seven Airbus NextGen A350F freighters

The A350F fully meets ICAO’s enhanced CO₂ emissions standards coming into effect in 2027

Neesha Salian
7 Airbus A350F ordered by_Etihad Cargo

Etihad Airways has confirmed with Airbus to get seven of its new generation A350F freighters, following its earlier commitment announced at the Singapore Airshow.

This order of the A350F sees the national carrier of the UAE expanding its relationship with Airbus, and adding to its existing order of the largest passenger version of A350-1000s, five of which have been delivered.

Tony Douglas, group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In building one of the world’s youngest and most sustainable fleets, we are delighted to extend our long-term partnership with Airbus to add the A350 freighter to our fleet. This additional cargo capacity will support the unprecedented growth we are experiencing in the Etihad Cargo division. Airbus has developed a remarkable fuel-efficient aircraft that, in tandem with the A350-1000 in our passenger fleet, supports our commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

Christian Scherer, CCO and head of Airbus International. “This new generation large freighter brings unprecedented and unmatched benefits in terms of range, fuel efficiency and CO₂ savings, that support customers by enhancing operational efficiencies at the same time as reducing environmental impact.”

Etihad has also firmed up a long-term agreement for Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A350 fleet, maintain aircraft performance and optimise reliability. This marks the first agreement for an Airbus FHS contract for an A350 fleet in the Middle East.

The A350F has a 109-tonne payload capability. It features a large main deck cargo door, with its fuselage length and capacity optimised around the industry’s standard pallets and containers.

More than 70 per cent of the airframe of the A350F is made of advanced materials, resulting in a 30-tonne lighter take-off weight and generating at least 20 per cent lower fuel consumption and emissions over its current closest competitor. The A350F fully meets ICAO’s enhanced CO₂ emissions standards coming into effect in 2027. Including this order, the A350F has won 31 firm orders from six customers.

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

In recent news, Etihad Cargo announced robust results for the first half of 2022, achieving year-on-year revenue growth of 6 per cent compared to H1 2021 and contributing 35 per cent of Etihad Aviation Group’s operating revenue.

Read: UAE’s Etihad Cargo reports 6% revenue growth in H1 2022

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