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Singapore Airlines signs LOI for 7 Airbus A350 Freighters

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Singapore Airlines and Airbus have signed a Letter of Intent for Singapore Airlines to purchase seven Airbus A350 Freighters.

During periods when the E-Commerce branch continues to grow, the airline plans to modernize its fleet and extend operations with the aircraft.

Singapore Airlines Cargo will replace its outdated Boeing 747-400Fs with A350Fs, which are on average 18 years old.

Seven 747 Freighters are currently in service with the cargo division. The airline will gradually replace these planes once the A350s arrive.

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, commented: “We are delighted by Singapore Airlines’ vote of confidence in the A350F as it renews its freighter fleet.

The A350F is the world’s first all-new big freighter, with unrivaled operating efficiency, lower fuel consumption, and CO2 savings in its market sector. It’s encouraging to see Singapore Airlines appreciate the A350F’s value as we continue to expand on our great partnership.”

The plane is scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2025. The usage of contemporary materials distinguishes the airplane’s fuselage.

The composite material decreases take-off weight by 30 tons while also lowering fuel consumption and emissions by at least 20%.

Airbus’ Board of Directors approved the A350 derivative earlier this year. At the Dubai Air Show 2021, the business was able to sell the first aircraft to launch client Air Lease Corporation.

Four A350 Freighters were purchased by CMA CGM, a freight company. The new model is being used by Singapore Airlines for the third time.

According to Airbus, the plane is based on the A350-900 passenger version: “As part of the world’s most advanced long-range family, the A350F will have a high level of resemblance with the A350 passenger variants.”

With a payload capacity of 109 tonnes, the A350F will be able to serve all cargo sectors. The aircraft has a big main deck cargo door, and its fuselage length and capacity are tailored for common pallets and containers in the industry.

Singapore Airlines is the world’s largest A350 operator at the moment. The airline has 56 A350-900s in its fleet. This Letter of Intent expresses the airline’s approval of the aircraft and its belief in its operational viability.


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