Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Etihad Airways have signed purchase orders with Airbus for its A350F freighters. The agreements were signed between Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Airbus and executives of both the airline companies at the Singapore Airshow 2022.
While SIA has firmed up an order for seven A350F freighters with options for five more aircraft, Etihad also signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for seven A350F freighters to add to its existing fleet of five A350-1000 passenger versions.
Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines said, “This order underscores the importance of the cargo market to the SIA Group. The introduction of the A350F will enhance our capabilities in this key sector, ensuring that we are ready for the growth opportunities that will arise in the coming years. These new-generation aircraft will substantially increase our operating efficiencies and reduce our fuel burn, making an important contribution towards the success of our long-term decarbonisation goals.”
The A350Fs will replace SIA’s seven Boeing 747-400F freighters. The Airline will be the first carrier to operate this new generation widebody freighter aircraft when deliveries begin in the fourth quarter of 2025.
The A350F deal with Airbus includes a swap with 15 A320neo and two A350-900 passenger aircraft in the SIA Group order book. This allows SIA to manage its capital expenditure while continuing with its essential freighter renewal programme.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group said, “Etihad is delighted to extend our relationship with Airbus to include this remarkable aircraft as part of our freighter fleet for the future.”
“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%.”
“The world’s only new generation large freighter will be unmatched in its market segment in terms of range, fuel consumption and CO₂ savings,” said Airbus’ Christian Scherer.