Airbus has shown off a mock-up of its A350 freighter, and is highlighting its large main-deck cargo door as a key feature.

The aircraft will have a maximum payload of 111t. Airbus has yet to detail a formal payload-range chart, but has previously indicated ranges of 4,550nm at 111t and 4,700nm at 109t.

Airbus is intending the freighter to enter service in 2026.

The aircraft’s main-deck cargo door – which the airframer is branding as the ‘XL’ – will have a width of 4.3m (169.5in).

Specifications for the aircraft last year put the door opening at just under 4.2m.

Airbus claims it will be the “largest cargo door on the market”.

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Airbus is offering a 4.3m main-deck cargo door on the A350 freighter

“The XL door is designed for the transportation of all current and future ultra-fans aero engines and one-go entry of the longest items,” it adds.

[It] offers comfortable clearances and safe and easy ground operations, minimising the risk of damage to the surrounding structure, avoiding delays and flight cancellations.”

Boeing’s 777F and Israel Aerospace Industries’ 777-300ERSF conversion have main-deck door widths of 3.7m. Boeing indicates the 777-8F will also have a 3.7m door.

Airbus has designed the A350 freighter – to be named the -1000F – with a 70.8m fuselage, shorter than the passenger -1000 but longer than the -900. It has secured orders for 55 aircraft.

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Airbus’s mock-up also shows the supernumerary area behind the cockpit