Etihad Airways has firmed up its order for 7 Airbus A350 Freighters, confirming the deal announced at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year.

The A350F has a high level of commonality with the A350 passenger versions, and its 109 tonne payload means it can serve all cargo markets.

It has a large main deck cargo door, and its fuselage length and capacity have been optimised around the industry’s standard pallets and containers.

More than 70% of the airframe is made of advanced materials, resulting in a 30 tonne lighter take-off weight and at least 20% lower fuel consumption and emissions over competitors.

Tony Douglas, Group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, says, “In building one of the world’s youngest and most sustainable fleets, we are delighted to extend our long-term partnership with Airbus to add the A350 Freighter to our fleet. This additional cargo capacity will support the unprecedented growth we are experiencing in the Etihad Cargo division.”

Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, adds, “This new generation large freighter brings unprecedented and unmatched benefits in terms of range, fuel efficiency and CO2 savings, that support customers by enhancing operational efficiencies at the same time as reducing environmental impact.”