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.
As of August, Airbus had 35 firm orders from seven companies, in addition to four aircraft ordered by undisclosed customers.
Find out who the new freighter’s current customers are:
Air France – four 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 – seven A350F
The lessor was the launch customer for the freighter, including the A350F in a large 110-aircraft order from Airbus.
CMA CGM – four A350F
The French group was the second customer for the A350F and recently partnered with Air France to offer cargo transport services.
Eithad Airways – seven 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 – four A350F
KLM’s cargo arm also opted for the A350F, of which it will have four aircraft that will replace its Boeing 747 freighters.
Silk Way West Airlines – two 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 – seven 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.
Unidentified customers – four A350F
Airbus added four aircraft to its order book, but without naming them until August.