Which airlines have chosen the new Airbus A350F freighter?

Widebody aircraft will be capable of carrying up to 111 tons of cargo and has 55 firm orders

The A350F is the newest widebody freighter, launched on the market by Airbus in November 2021.

The aircraft was designed as a hybrid of the passenger versions A350-900 and A350-1000 and aims to be the main alternative for airlines that from 2028 will no longer be able to receive models such as the Boeing 767F and 777F due to new emissions standards from ICAO.

Scheduled to enter service in mid-2026, the A350F offers a large payload capacity of up to 111 tons, as well as a very wide cargo door to facilitate the handling of pallets and containers.

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As of February 2024, Airbus had 55 firm orders from ten companies, in addition to four aircraft ordered by undisclosed customers.

Find out who the new freighter’s current customers are:

Air France – 4 A350F

The French airline ordered four A350Fs shortly after the official launch in December 2021. The Air France-KLM group recently announced a large order for the widebody in passenger versions and is starting a joint venture with Airbus to offer maintenance services for the aircraft.

Air Lease Corporation – 7 A350F

The lessor was the launch customer for the freighter, including the A350F in a large 110-aircraft order from Airbus.

CMA CGM signed a MoU for four A350F (Airbus)

Cathay Pacific – 6 A350F

The Hong Kong carrier announced in December 2023 that it had selected the A350 to replace aging Boeing 747 freighters. Six jets will be received from 2027.

CMA CGM – 4 A350F

The French group was the second customer for the A350F and recently partnered with Air France to offer cargo transport services.

Eithad Airways – 7 A350F

The Abu Dhabi-based airline closed a deal for seven jets in February 2022, using orders for A350-1000s already placed. The company must replace its Boeing 777F with the model.

Martinair – 4 A350F

KLM’s cargo arm also opted for the A350F, of which it will have four aircraft that will replace its Boeing 747 freighters.

Silky Way West A350F (Airbus)

Silk Way West Airlines – 2 A350F

Azerbaijani cargo company Silk Way West has ordered two A350Fs which, interestingly, will operate alongside 777F and 777-8F jets in the future. The company until now was an operator focused on the Boeing 747.

Singapore Airlines – 7 A350F

Singapore has a long relationship with the A350F, of which it is one of the largest operators in the world. Because of this, it was no surprise when the company selected the cargo version to expand its capacity.

Singapore A350F rendering (Airbus)

Starlux Airlines – 5 A350F

The Taiwanese carrier announced a firm order for five A350Fs in February 2024 during the Singapore Airshow.

Turkish Airlines – 5 A350F

In December, Turkish Airlines confirmed a huge order with Airbus, which included 70 A350 jets across A350-900, A350-1000 and A350F variants, of which it will receive five aircraft.

Unidentified customers – four A350F

Airbus added four aircraft to its order book, but without naming them until August.

Article updated on January 19, 2024 to include new orders.


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