SIA is concluding a deal on the future A350F cargo ship

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has completed an agreement to purchase seven Airbus A350F cargo aircraft. Airline CEO Guo Chung Fong and Airbus Commercial Director Christian Scherer signed the final agreement on Wednesday during the Singapore Air Show. It is planned that SIA will become the first operator of this type, when from the fourth quarter of 2025 new cargo planes will begin to replace the current fleet of Boeing 747-400F.

“This order emphasizes the importance of the freight market for the SIA Group,” Goh said. “Implementing the A350F will expand our capabilities in this key sector, ensuring that we are ready for the growth opportunities that will emerge in the coming years. These next-generation aircraft will significantly increase our operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, which will make an important contribution to the success of our long-term decarbonisation goals. ”

Boeing has a monopoly on a large cargo fleet of about 720 Boeing 747F, 777F and MD-11F aircraft. Airbus is primarily focused on the market to replace the 747F / MD-11F with the A350F, but importantly, the cargo ship will fully comply with the strict ICAO carbon emissions regulations, which are scheduled to take effect in late 2027. The A350F’s capacity to withstand a maximum structural load of 109 tons exceeds 777F, and in a configuration with all pallets it offers slightly more volume than the 747F.

The A350F is based on the A350-1000 airliner, but has five fuselage frames removed from the front of the fuselage to optimize the center of gravity. The designers removed almost all the cabin windows and all but the front passenger door. The loading door in the stern of the main deck fuselage on the left is a very large composite unit that can accommodate oversized items, including all modern aircraft engines. Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 power the aircraft itself.

The aircraft is equipped with a modern cargo handling system, and that is unique, both the main and lower decks can be loaded simultaneously to significantly reduce turnaround time. On the main deck, you can place thirty pallets measuring 96 by 125 inches and up to 118 inches high, and on the lower deck you can place twelve pallets of 96 by 125 by 64 inches and two LD3 containers. The floor is designed for “superpallets” weighing up to 28 tons. The usable volume is 717 cubic meters.

The cargo compartment retains full climate control in five zones that operators can adjust to temperatures of 4 to 25 degrees Celsius. This is especially important for transporting live animals. The courier seating area in front of the cabin can be adjusted to varying amounts, another factor for animal transport operations where couriers and veterinary staff may need to accompany the animal.

Due to the widespread use of composites and titanium alloys, which account for 70 percent of aircraft, the A350F weighs much less than competitors of similar size, which significantly affects its range and load. Importantly, this brings the world’s busiest major cargo route between Hong Kong and Anchorage – with an equivalent fixed air distance of about 4,600 nm – within the aircraft’s maximum payload range of 4,700 nm. When the payload is reduced to 92 tons, the range of the aircraft reaches 6000 nm, leaving Alaska, eastern and northern Europe, most of Africa and all of Asia in the range of Singapore. Airbus claims that the A350F will burn much less fuel than Boeing’s future 777-8F cargo plane.

Last November, Airbus signed its first commitment to the A350F, starting with an order for seven from Air Lease Corporation. In the same month, CMA CGM Air Cargo ordered four aircraft, and Air France ordered a similar number. The SIA announced the requirement for seven aircraft in December. Airbus is starting production of the first components of the A350F this year and intends to release the first aircraft in the last quarter of 2024 to put it into service in late 2025.

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2022-02-16/sia-finalizes-deal-future-compliant-a350f-freighter SIA is concluding a deal on the future A350F cargo ship

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