Airbus increased the payload capacity of the A350 freighter from 109 to 111 tonnes. The increased amount was revealed on June 14 during a briefing by Florent Massou, senior vice-president for widebody programmes.
The newly announced aircraft programme, which was announced towards the end of 2021, has so far secured 39 confirmed orders and is scheduled to go into service in 2026. Because of how well the design is coming together, Massou said, “We can already add an additional 2 tonnes, allowing for increased revenues for airlines and overall platform efficiency.”
He pointed out that the increased payload capacity will enable the aircraft to perform more favourably than rival versions.
The new freighter’s main deck cargo door, which measures 175 inches (4.44 metres) wide, will be one of its most notable characteristics. The manufacturer estimates that it will have a 7.500-kilometre range and 111 tonnes of cargo capacity. More than 70% of the fuselage will be constructed of cutting-edge materials, reducing weight and increasing operating effectiveness.
Massou claims that this door is the broadest one produced. “The door of the A350F cannot be compared to any other model. Larger doors make loading easier and make it easier to fit larger shipments onto the platform.
These improvements will lower carbon dioxide emissions from operations when compared to cargo aeroplanes currently in service. It will also have a substantially lower noise impact.