Freight CMA CGM Air Cargo pens deal with Airbus for four A350 Freighters

Global cargo group CMA CGM has signed a deal for four Airbus A350 Freighter for its freight division CMA CGM Air Cargo.

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the operator and the manufacturer. It is the second order for the Airbus A350 Freighter, after Air Lease Corporation became launch customer during Dubai Air Show 2021.

With the order, CMA CGM´s fleet will rise-up to nine aircraft. The carrier already operates five A330-200Fs, meaning the all-Airbus operator will add new dimensions to its services with the capacity of the A350F.

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.”

The Airbus A350 is based on the popular passenger variant and is one of the most modern long-range aircraft in the industry. More than 70 percent of the aircraft´s fuselage is made from composite materials, making it a more light and more efficient aircraft.

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

CMA CGM just recently launched its cargo subsidiary CMA CGM Air Cargo. Back in March this year, the airline took over its first Airbus A330-200 Freighter and has been offering a wide range of freight destinations with the modern state-of-the-art aircraft.

The Group currently hires more than 100,000 staff members. Around the globe, the company has 400 offices and 750 warehouses in 160 countries. Main headquarters are located in Marseille, France.

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