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Singapore Airlines Signs Letter of Intent With Airbus for Seven A350F Freighters

Singapore Airlines has signed a letter of intent with Airbus for seven Airbus A350Fs, the world’s newest freighter. The new aircraft will begin replacing SIA’s existing Boeing 747-400F fleet from the fourth quarter of 2025.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A350F Rendering - Courtesy Airbus

On Wednesday (December 15, 2021), Airbus announced that Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a letter-of-intent (LoI) for the purchase of seven Airbus A350Fs, the world’s newest freighter. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2025, the aircraft will begin replacing SIA’s Boeing 747-400F fleet. Earlier this year, Airbus received Board approval for a freighter derivative of the A350 designed to meet the wave of large freighter replacements and evolving environmental requirements. The new A350F will be powered by latest technology and fuel efficient Rolls-Royce Trent-XWB97 engines.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, Christian Scherer, said,

“We are honoured by Singapore Airlines’ vote of confidence in the A350F as it renews its freighter fleet. The A350F is the world’s all-new large freighter and will be unmatched in its market segment in terms of operational efficiency, lower fuel consumption and CO₂ savings. It is gratifying that Singapore Airlines recognizes the value of the A350F as we build on the strong partnership we already enjoy.”

As part of the world’s most modern long-range family of aircraft, the A350F will have a high level of commonality with the passenger versions. The aircraft will have a 109 tonne payload capacity and will feature a large main deck cargo door, with its fuselage length and capacity optimized around the industry’s standard pallets and containers. Over 70 percent of the airframe will be constructed of advanced materials, resulting in a 30 tonne reduction in takeoff weight and generating at least 20 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions, compared to its current closest competitor. The A350F will fully meet ICAO’s enhanced CO2 emissions standards, which come into effect in 2027.

Singapore Airlines is the largest A350 operator in the world with 56 aircraft currently in service across their network. The new agreement with SIA is the third commitment received for the A350F over the past month.

Source: Airbus


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