Airbus secures a significant order for five A350 freighters from Turkish Airlines, following a recent order for six A350Fs by Cathay Cargo. Turkish Cargo, the cargo business of Turkish Airlines, currently operates a diverse fleet, including 10 Airbus A330-200Fs, 8 Boeing 777Fs, two Boeing 747-400Fs, and two Airbus A310-300Fs.
In addition to the cargo aircraft, Turkish Airlines has ordered a substantial number of passenger aircraft from Airbus, including 50 A350-900s, 15 A350-1000s, and 150 A321s. This latest order contributes to Airbus’s A350F order book, now totaling 50 orders from nine customers since its launch at the Dubai Airshow two years ago.
The A350F, with a payload capacity of up to 111 tonnes and a range of 8,700 kms, features a cargo door with a width of 4.4 m. Airbus anticipates deliveries to commence in 2026, aligning with Turkish Airlines’ vision for efficient, sustainable expansion.
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, expresses the significance of Turkish Airlines’ bold vision, emphasising the A350 family’s efficiency in shaping the airline’s future. The order further underscores the enduring partnership between Airbus and Turkish Airlines, dealing a setback to Boeing, which faced a slowdown in its 777-8F freighter program this year.