Etihad Airways scales up cargo operations with Airbus’ new-generation A350F freighter

Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new generation A350F freighters ©Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has firmed up its order with Airbus for seven new-generation A350F freighters, following its earlier commitment announced at the Singapore Airshow. This order for the A350F sees the national carrier of the UAE expanding its relationship with Airbus and adding to its existing order for the largest passenger version of A350-1000, five of which have been delivered.

Etihad has also firmed up a long-term agreement for Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A350 fleet, to maintain aircraft performance and optimise reliability. This marks the first agreement for an Airbus FHS contract for an A350 fleet in the Middle East. Separately, Etihad has also opted for Airbus’ Skywise Health Monitoring, allowing the airline to access real-time management of aircraft events and troubleshooting, saving time and decreasing the cost of unscheduled maintenance.

The A350F meets the imminent wave of large freighter replacements and the evolving environmental requirements, shaping the future of air freight. The plane will be powered by the latest-technology, fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

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