(17 Feb 2022)
Etihad Airways has signed a Letter of Intent
for seven Airbus A350 freighters so as to add to its current fleet of 5
A350-1000 passenger variations.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline has additionally chosen Airbus’s Flight
Hour Companies (FHS) to help its whole A350 fleet.
“Etihad is delighted to increase our relationship
with Airbus to incorporate this outstanding plane as a part of our
freighter fleet for the long run,” stated Tony Douglas, Group Chief
Govt Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. “As our cargo operations
proceed to over carry out and we work in direction of a extra sustainable
future constructed upon the world’s youngest and most fuel-efficient
fleet, the addition of the A350F will play a key position in driving
our long-term cargo technique and attaining our 2035 goal to
scale back CO2 emissions by 50%.”
Not solely do the A350 and A350F share 100% commonality for engine spares and tooling, however additionally they profit from 99% commonality in airframe instruments and spares
With a excessive degree of commonality with
A350 passenger plane, the A350F will likely be powered by Rolls-Royce
Trent XWB-97 engines. The plane has a 109 tonne payload functionality
and a big important deck cargo door.
Greater than 70% of the airframe of the A350F is made
of superior supplies, leading to a 30-tonne lighter take-off
weight and producing at the very least 20% decrease gasoline consumption and
emissions over its present closest competitor.
The A350F totally
meets ICAO’s enhanced CO2 emissions requirements coming into impact
“We’re happy to signal this settlement with our
lengthy standing associate Etihad, shortly earlier than this most discerning
airline additionally introduces A350 passenger service. Thanks Etihad
for endorsing the sport altering nature of the brand new A350F” stated
Christian Scherer, Chief Industrial Officer and Head of
Worldwide. “The world’s solely new technology massive freighter
will likely be unmatched in its market section when it comes to vary, gasoline
consumption and CO2 financial savings.”
So far the A350F has gained agency orders and commitments for
29 plane from 5 prospects.