Aerospace News – December 2023

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Aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, which employs 5,000 staff at its wing-making plant in Broughton, near Chester, is benefiting from more orders.

Hong Kong’s Cathay has become the latest carrier to order the all-new A350F, following the signature of a purchase agreement for six aircraft.

The A350F will join the airline’s cargo division, Cathay Cargo, and will become a central element in its future fleet, bringing new levels of efficiency across its extensive network.

Currently under development, the A350F can carry a payload of up to 111 tonnes and can fly up to 4,700 nautical miles/8,700 kilometres at significantly lower cost than any other freighter available today, says Airbus. This will enable it to serve all heavy cargo markets, including the world’s biggest freight route between Hong Kong and Anchorage.

Cathay Group chief executive, Ronald Lam, said: “As we move into 2024, our rebuild journey is gaining momentum.

This order marks another major component in our investment for the future. It reflects Cathay’s confidence in the Hong Kong hub as we look ahead to the opportunities provided by the Three-Runway System.

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Avolon, an international leasing company, has signed an order for 100 A321neo aircraft, taking its total order for the A321neo to 190 aircraft.

The agreement secures Avolon’s delivery pipeline for the world’s preferred single aisle Family.

Airbus employs around 3,000 staff at its factory in Filton near Bristol.

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