Singapore Airlines (SIA) has finalised a purchase agreement with Airbus for seven A350F freighter aircraft, firming up the carrier’s commitment to the new generation freighter announced by the air-framer in December 2021.
The order was signed at the Singapore Airshow by SIA CEO Goh Choong Phong, and Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International Christian Scherer.
The newly ordered aircraft will replace the carrier’s existing 747-400F fleet from the fourth quarter of 2025.
“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,” said Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines.
“Singapore Airlines is the world’s largest operator of the A350 and is now set to become the first to fly the all-new freighter variant,” said Christian Scherer. “The A350F will fit seamlessly into the carrier’s existing fleet, while redefining the operational efficiency of its cargo operations, bringing a 40 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and emissions compared with the aircraft it will replace at SIA, while offering the same payload-carrying capacity and longer range,” he added.
The A350F will be powered by the latest technology, fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.
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