Airbus reveals A350F freighter launch livery

Design inspired by a box of goods will be applied to the prototype of the A350F; first flight is scheduled for 2025

Airbus announced at the Paris Air Show the selection of the launch livery for the new A350F freighter. The design, inspired by a package of goods ready to be dispatched, was selected among more than 4,000 illustrations sent to the competition promoted by the manufacturer.

The design chosen by Airbus for the A350F is a combination of art submitted by Canadian brothers Quinnten and Ellisten Iversen, aged 12 and 16, and Irish graphic designer John Feehan, aged 57.

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As the drawings were similar and with the same theme, Airbus made an adaptation by uniting elements of the two projects of the awarded participants.

“Congratulations to John Feehan and brothers Quinnten and Ellisten Iversen on winning the competition. We cannot wait to see your design come to life as the A350F embarks on its first flight in 2025”, celebrated Airbus.

A350F launch livery (Airbus)

The manufacturer says it hopes to have the first freighter painted by the end of 2024. The entry into service of the A350F is scheduled for mid-2026.

The cargo version based on the A350 XWB platform is designed to carry up to 111 tonnes with a range of 8,426 km (4,550 nautical miles).

A350F launch livery (Airbus)

So far, the A350F has 39 firm orders from the following customers: Air France, ALF, CMA CGM, Etihad, Martinair, Silky Way, Singapore and four aircraft from undisclosed buyers.

Airbus’s plan with the A350 freighter is to take advantage of the compulsory withdrawal of jets such as the Boeing 777F and 767-300F for environmental reasons from 2027. The US rival is developing the 777-8F variant to compete with the A350F, but its commercial debut will take place later.


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