Airbus displays the mock-up of the A350F’s main deck cargo door

The A350F has the largest cargo door compared to its competitor, the Boeing 777-8F.

Airbus displays the mock-up of the A350F’s main deck cargo door
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Amidst high anticipation in the air cargo industry regarding the arrival of the Airbus A350F, the European aircraft manufacturer has unveiled a mock-up of the world’s largest main deck cargo door, as well as the cabin of the aircraft in its Toulouse facility.

The A350F is anticipated to enter service by 2026 and offers a payload capacity of up to 111 tonnes. Its range is 8,700 km, although this varies depending on the payload. Because of its significant payload capacity, it will be able to carry up to 6 large aero engines. The aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. According to Airbus, 70% of the A350F's airframe is made of advanced materials, resulting in a 30-tonne lighter take-off weight.

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Airbus is branding the cargo door of the A350F as the 'XL,' which is larger than that of its current competitor, the Boeing 777F, as well as the upcoming Boeing 777-8F. This will be the largest cargo door in the market, with a width of 4,305 mm (169.5 inches), according to Airbus.

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In addition to these features, the aircraft also achieves significant carbon reduction. Airbus claims that the A350F demonstrates unbeatable fuel efficiency, with 40% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared to Boeing's 747F.

Airbus has secured a substantial number of orders from major cargo carriers ahead of the aircraft's launch. Customers include airlines like Etihad Cargo, Cathay Cargo, Turkish Cargo, and the new customer Starlux.

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