Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Airbus for the purchase of seven A350F cargo aircraft. The deal will see the A350F begin to replace the airline’s existing B747-400F fleet in the fourth quarter of 2025.
“The A350F is the world’s new large freighter and it will be unrivaled in its market segment in terms of operational efficiency, lower fuel consumption and CO2 savings,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus commercial director and Airbus International director. “It is gratifying that Singapore Airlines recognizes the value of the A350F as we build on the strong partnership we already enjoy.”
Earlier this year, Airbus received approval from the Board of Directors for an A350-derived freighter designed to meet the impending wave of large freighter replacements and changing environmental requirements, shaping the future of air travel. The A350F will be powered by state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent-XWB97 engines.
As part of the world’s most modern long-range family, the A350F will have a high level of similarity to passenger versions of the A350 . With a payload capacity of 109 tonnes, the A350F will serve all cargo markets. The aircraft features a large cargo door on the main deck, with the fuselage length and capacity optimized around industry standard containers and pallets.
More than 70% of the aircraft’s structure will be made of advanced materials , resulting in a 30-ton lighter takeoff weight and generating at least 20% less fuel consumption and emissions than its current closest competitor. The A350F will fully comply with ICAO’s Enhanced CO2 Emission Standards which come into effect in 2027.
Singapore Airlines is the world’s largest operator of the A350, with 56 aircraft currently in service on its network. The deal with Singapore Airlines is the third commitment received for the new A350F in the last month.
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