Logistics and shipping company CMA CGM Group and Airbus have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of four A350F freighter aircraft.
The order, which will be finalized soon, will lift CMA CGM’s total Airbus fleet to nine aircraft, including five A330-200F. The aircraft will be operated by CMA CGM Air Cargo, the recently launched air cargo activity of CMA CGM Group.
“We are proud to welcome CMA CGM Air Cargo in the group of operators for the A350F and we are equally pleased to support the company’s future strategic development,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International. ”The A350F will fit seamlessly into the carrier’s existing fleet of Airbus freighters….Having an early endorsement by such an international cargo powerhouse as the CMA CGM Group is very gratifying.”
The A350F is based on the A350. The aircraft features a large main deck cargo door and a fuselage length optimized for cargo operations. Over 70 percent of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting in a 30t lighter take-off weight, generating an at least 20 percent lower fuel burn over its current closest competitor. With a 109t payload capability, the A350F serves all cargo markets.
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