(24 Nov 2021)
The CMA CGM Group has signed a binding
Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus 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
group’s recently launched air cargo activity.
The CMA CGM Group, a shipping and logistics
company headed up by Rodolphe Saadé, serves over 420 ports on 5
continents around the world.
The group’s fleet of 545 ships carried close to 21
million TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) containers in 2020.
Its CEVA Logistics subsidiary carries over 400,000
tons of air freight and 2.8 million tons of overland freight every
CMA CGM Group has signed a binding MOU with Airbus for the purchase of four A350F freighter aircraft
With a network of over 400 offices and 750
warehouses in 160 countries, the group employs more than 110,000
staff members worldwide, 2,400 of whom are based in Marseille
where it has its registered office.
“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,” said
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of
Airbus International. “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
The A350F features a large main deck
cargo door and a fuselage length optimised for cargo operations.
Over 70% of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting
in a 30t lighter take-off weight, which According to Airbus generates an at least 20% lower
fuel burn over its current closest competitor.
With a 109t payload
capability (+3t payload/ 11% more volume than its competition),
the A350F serves all cargo markets (express, general cargo,
special cargo) and is in the large freighter category currently the only
new generation operating freighter aircraft ready for the enhanced 2027 ICAO
CO2 emissions standards.