Four months after signing a Letter of Intent with Airbus, Air France-KLM has completed its order for four A350s (Lol).
“Airlines now have a choice, and we salute Air France joining those going for the A350F’s step-change in efficiency and sustainability for the cargo operations of the future,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.
According to Airbus, the new A350 freighter will consume 20% less fuel and emit 20% less CO2 than its nearest competitor, the Boeing 777X cargo. The A350 freighter will be able to carry 109 tons of cargo.
Airbus launched a freighter version of the A350 in July 2021, with the new freighter expected to enter service in 2025. Five customers have placed 29 orders and commitments for the A350 freighter.
#AirFranceKLM announces today its decision to convert into a firm order the Letter of Intent it signed in December 2021 for the acquisition of 4 @Airbus #A350F Full Freighter aircraft – with purchase rights for an additional 4 aircraft, for #AirFrance. https://t.co/NISugZQMgn pic.twitter.com/haHKZBCAfO
— Air France-KLM Group (@AirFranceKLM) April 12, 2022
“We are gratified by the wave of early adopters who, like Air France, see the economics and environmental signature of the A350s as standing out versus alternatives, past, existing, and future. Merci Air France,” Scherer added.