Volga-Dnepr and Airbus are in discussions over an A350 freighter conversion programme.

A Volga-Dnepr delegation met with Airbus’ top management at the MAKS 2021 air show in Russia to discuss the merits of the A350 airframe as a freighter platform.

The group said: “The A350 is distinguished by a number of innovative technologies, including a wing design that helps the aircraft to automatically adapt to certain flight phases, which allows for improved aerodynamics and fuel economics. The fuselage of the aircraft is made of carbon fibre, which, together with the technological design of the aircraft can reduce fuel consumption by 25 percent compared to other aircraft in the same category.

“A significant advantage of a A350 freighter will also be in compliance with the new requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on noise and emissions, which will come into force in 2028.”