SINGAPORE (Feb 14): Airbus voiced optimism on Monday about sales of a new A350 freighter after Boeing launched a competing cargo version of its future 777X jetliner to tap into a freight boom.

Airbus launched the freighter version of its A350 wide-body jet last year to address rising air cargo demand and penetrate a profitable part of the jet market dominated by Boeing, which hit back with a 777X freighter launch order from Qatar Airways.

“Yes, you can expect to see more orders for the A350 freighter,” chief commercial officer Christian Scherer said on the eve of the Singapore Airshow, but declined to give a timeline.

Provisional customers for the A350 freighter include Singapore Airlines, which could confirm a provisional order to coincide with this week’s air show, delegates said.Read more