Etihad Airways is the latest airline to sign up for the freighter version of the Airbus A350.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier signed a Letter of Intent (LoI)at the Singapore Airshow on February 16, 2022 for seven A350F freighters.
Etihad Airways already has five A350-1000 aircraft in its fleet.
“As our cargo operations continue to overperform and we work towards a more sustainable future built upon the world’s youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet, the addition of the A350F will play a key role in driving our long-term cargo strategy and achieving our 2035 target to reduce CO2 emissions by 50%,” Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas said in a statement.
The Singapore Airshow runs February 15-18, 2022 and freighter orders were expected to be a feature of the show, driven by growth in the air cargo market as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Battling Airbus, Boeing will also be looking for customers for the newly announced freighter version of its 777X jet.
“We are pleased to sign this agreement with our long-standing partner Etihad, shortly before this most discerning airline also introduces A350 passenger service. Thank you Etihad for endorsing the game-changing nature of the new A350F,” commented Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International. Read more