Cargo fleet: Emirates hesitates between 777-8 and A350F

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Emirates SkyCargo hesitates between continuing to use Boeing cargo planes or invest in a model Airbus as the airline seeks to double its existing capacity, over the next decade.

According to Bloombergthe national airline of the United Arab Emirates weighs the pros and cons between the Boeing 777-8 Freighter and theAirbus A350Fplanes intended to increase the fleet of its subsidiary Emirates SkyCargo. Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Vice President, spoke to the media at an industry conference in Singapore. But the decision will not be made urgently because he indicated that it might not be taken for four years. Sultan said the carrier “will hopefully evaluate by 2027if we need a different combination than the one we already have ».

Further capacity expansion will be achieved through the conversion of certain Boeing 777-300ERs in the commercial aircraft fleet into cargo aircraft. Sultan also indicated that Emirates SkyCargo was seeing a increase in demand for his services following the pandemic COVID-19. “We are probably at a much more stable stage now”Sultan told Bloomberg News. “We are past the low point. We have seen steady growth. »

Emirates is still waiting for the delivery of 10 777-300ER/SF And 5,777F. In May 2023, Emirates also announced the arrival of two new Boeing 747-F in rental with crew. In total, Emirates’ cargo division expects 15 additional freighters to strengthen its fleet thanks to the announced orders and its freighter fleet conversion program.

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