Air France-KLM confirms order for four A350Fs; Eurowings receives its first A320neo

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BannerAir France-KLM has finalised its order with Airbus for four new generation A350F freighters, following the earlier commitment announced in December 2021. The freighters are destined to increase Air France’s cargo capacity with the most efficient and sustainable cargo aircraft available in the market.

The A350F is based on the world’s most modern long range leader, the A350. The aircraft will feature a large main deck cargo door and a fuselage length optimised for cargo operations. Over 70 percent of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting in a 30 tonnes lighter take-off weight, which together with efficient Rolls-Royce engines generate an advantage of at least 20 percent lower fuel burn and CO2 over its current closest competitor. With a 109 tonnes payload capability (+3t payload / 11 percent more volume than its competition), the A350F serves all cargo markets (Express, general cargo, special cargo…) and is in the large freighter category the only new generation freighter aircraft ready for the enhanced ICAO CO₂ emissions standards.

“Airlines now have a choice, and we salute Air France joining those going for the A350F’s step change in efficiency and sustainability for the cargo operations of the future. We are gratified by the wave of early adopters who, like Air France, see the economics and environmental signature of the A350s as standing out versus alternatives, past, existing and future. Merci Air France,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

Launched in 2021, the A350F recorded 29 orders and commitments from five customers.

Eurowings receives its first A320neo
Eurowings has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft featuring the new Airspace cabin design. Eurowings is a long standing all Airbus operator with 75 Airbus A320 Family Aircraft on its European network.

The Airbus Airspace cabin brings the award-winning widebody passenger experience to the single-aisle market, elevating comfort, ambience and services to the next level. Unique and customisable lighting sets the right ambience throughout all phases of flight, optimising passenger relaxation in the quietest cabin in its class. Airspace XL bins for 60 percent more bags, redesigned sidewall panels maximise personal space. Airspace also offers hygienic space and antimicrobial surfaces in all lavatories. At the end of February 2022, the A320neo Family had received nearly 7,900 orders from over 125 customers worldwide.

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