Following its earlier commitment announced during the 2022 Singapore Airshow, Etihad has firmed up its order for seven of the freighter version of the Airbus A350.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline's order for seven Airbus A350F freighters is part of an upgrade of its freight capacity using what it describes as the “most efficient cargo aircraft available on the market.”
Etihad's order for the A350Fs will add to an existing order of the passenger version of the A350 by the airline – five of which have been delivered.
“In building one of the world’s youngest and most sustainable fleets, we are delighted to extend our long-term partnership with Airbus to add the A350 Freighter to our fleet. This additional cargo capacity will support the unprecedented growth we are experiencing in the Etihad Cargo division. Airbus has developed a remarkable fuel-efficient aircraft that, in tandem with the A350-1000 in our passenger fleet, supports our commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” said Etihad Aviation Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas.
“Airbus is delighted to extend its long standing partnership with Etihad Airways, who recently introduced the A350 passenger services and is continuing to build on the Family with the game-changing freighter version, the A350F,” said Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International. “This new generation large freighter brings unprecedented and unmatched benefits in terms of range, fuel efficiency and CO₂ savings, that support customers by enhancing operational efficiencies at the same time as reducing environmental impact.”