Four more Airbus A350 freighters have been booked in the airframer’s backlog, attributed to an undisclosed customer.
Airbus revealed the order – which was placed on 23 March, and marks its first for the cargo model this year – in its first-quarter backlog figures.
The agreement brings to 39 the number of A350Fs on firm order. Airbus recently started producing the initial components for the first freighter.
Customers for the A350F include Air France-KLM Group, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, Silk Way West, CMA CGM Air Cargo and US lessor Air Lease.
The four aircraft are among 20 added to the airframer’s backlog in March, of which 15 were passenger A350s for Lufthansa. These included 10 A350-1000s.
Airbus also recorded a single A319neo order from a private customer.
Cancellation of two single-aisle jets during the month meant Airbus ended the quarter with net orders for 142 aircraft, comprising 42 A350s, 88 A320neo-family jets and 12 A220s.
Airbus delivered a total of 61 aircraft in March, bringing overall first-quarter deliveries to 127, among them five A350s and six A330s. In the same period last year it achieved 142 deliveries.