The newest widebody freighter from Airbus secured more than a dozen orders at this year’s Singapore Airshow as Singapore Airlines firmed up an order for seven A350F freighters, with options for five more aircraft.
The order firms up the carrier’s commitment to the new generation freighter announced by Airbus in December 2021. The newly ordered aircraft will replace the carrier’s existing 747-400F fleet of seven when deliveries for the widebody freighter start in the fourth quarter of 2025.
At the air show, Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad also signed a letter of intent for seven A350F freighters. The airline has also selected Airbus’s flight hour services (FHS) to support its A350 fleet, which includes five A350-1000 for passenger flights.
With 109 tonnes of payload capacity and up to 40 percent less fuel burn on similar missions when compared to the 747-400F, the A350 freighter underscores the importance of the cargo market to the SIA Group, but also sustainability, the airline said.
To date, the A350F has won firm orders and commitments for 29 aircraft from 5 customers.