Airbus has gained its first orders for the A350F as part of a deal signed with Air Lease Corporation (ALC).

The Letter of Intent is for 25 A220-300s, 55 A321neos, 20 A321XLRs, four A330neos and seven A350Fs in a deal that will be finalised in the coming months.

Airbus says the A350F offers fuel burn at least 20% lower than the competition and is the only new generation freighter ready for the 2027 ICAO CO2 emissions standards.

Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus and Head of Airbus International says: “ALC’s endorsement confirms the global enthusiasm we see for this quantum leap in the freighter space and we applaud its insightfulness in selecting it and in beating everyone to the finish line for the first A350F order announcement.”

John Plueger, President and CEO of ALC adds: “With this major order, we underscore our confidence not only in the strong future and growth of global commercial air transport, but in ALC’s business model, in our specific aircraft purchase decisions including, for the first time, the new A350 Freighter, and finally in our long term view that ordering new aircraft is an optimum investment of our shareholder capital.”