Singapore Airlines (SIA) has opted to replace its ageing Boeing 747-400 freighters with seven A350F aircraft from Airbus.
The Airbus units will start joining the SIA fleet in the fourth quarter of 2025.
“We are honoured by Singapore Airlines’ vote of confidence in the A350F as it renews its freighter fleet. The A350F is the world’s all-new large freighter and will be unmatched in its market segment in terms of operational efficiency, lower fuel consumption and CO₂ savings,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer and head of Airbus International.
The A350F will be powered by latest technology, fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent-XWB97 engines and will have a 109-tonne payload. The aircraft features a large main deck cargo door, with its fuselage length and capacity optimised around the industry’s standard pallets and containers.
Over 70 percent of the airframe will be made of advanced materials, resulting in a 30 tonne lighter take-off weight and generating at least 20 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions over its current closest competitor, said Airbus. The A350F will fully meet ICAO’s enhanced CO₂ emissions standards coming into effect in 2027.