Airbus announces deal for four freighter aircraft with shipping and logistics giant

CMA CGM Group, a world-leader in shipping and logistics, and Airbus have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of four A350F freighter aircraft.

The order, which is subject to finalisation in the coming weeks, will lift CMA CGM’s total Airbus fleet to nine aircraft, including five A330-200F.

The aircraft will be operated by CMA CGM Air Cargo, the recently launched air cargo activity of CMA CGM Group.

Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer and head of Airbus International, said: “We are proud to welcome CMA CGM Air Cargo in the group of operators for the A350F and we are equally pleased to support the company’s future strategic development.

”The A350F will fit seamlessly into the carrier’s existing fleet of Airbus freighters.

“Thanks to its composite airframe and latest technology engines, it will bring unbeatable efficiency in terms of fuel burn, economics and CO₂ emissions, empowering the long term sustainable growth of the group.

“Having an early endorsement by such an international cargo powerhouse as the CMA CGM Group is very gratifying.”

The A350F is based on the world’s most modern long range leader, the A350.

The aircraft features a large main deck cargo door and a fuselage length optimised for cargo operations. More than 70% of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting in a 30t lighter take off weight, generating an at least 20% lower fuel burn over its current closest competitor.

With a 109t payload capability, the A350F serves all cargo markets and is in the large freighter category the only new generation freighter aircraft ready for the enhanced 2027 ICAO CO ₂ emissions standards.

Airbus employs around 4,500 staff at its Broughton plant, near Chester, which makes all the wings for its commercial aircraft.