Emirates Eyes 777-8F Or A350F Order

Emirates is reportedly eyeing an order for the A350F or 777-8F to boost its cargo fleet with next-generation aircraft.

Emirates is rarely not in expansion mode, with the company closely monitoring potential regions to extend its presence or enter.

Additionally, this can extend to the persistent development of its fleet so that it appears youthful. Therefore, a cornerstone of the business is ensuring its fleet remains young to maximise efficiency across the board.

As a result, its passenger and freight fleets are always under careful review as the company plans its next steps in business to remain agile, competitive, and efficient.

Next Generation Freighter Time

As 2024 progresses, the Dubai-based carrier is seeking to purchase a new aircraft to bolster its freight division, Emirates SkyCargo.

Currently, the fleet consists of older-generation freight types, and to make this side of the business leaner and more efficient, key executives are considering a modern move to the next era of freighters.

As part of this analysis, two aircraft types from two manufacturers have been compared. Notably, the company looks towards Boeing and its 777-8F and Airbus with its A350F.

These two aircraft types, which are yet to fly, be certified, or largely be fully built, are what many expect to bring to the next generation of cargo flying, and companies looking into future decades are analysing these two options.

Talk of purchase, however, isn’t new, with the company identifying these two aircraft types as targets in the latter stages of 2023. However, decisions must be made with interest heating up and slots needing to be secured.

Boeing’s Dominance

For a considerable period, Boeing has enjoyed a stronghold on the freight market, with its portfolio offering fantastic diversification for prospective customers. Additionally, the product being offered has proved reliable and ticked most boxes.

Despite Airbus’ best attempts to compete with Boeing, and while several successful products were released, they’ve ultimately struggled to overtake Boeing.

The upcoming release of the A350F is seen as Airbus’ genuine first push at the freighter market looking into the future. Their ambition is that the timely release will allow it to compete with Boeing’s next-generation offering and ensure a more competitive landscape.

airbus a350 freighter

While Boeing has experienced struggles across the last decade, the freight market is a sector it has remained strong in and arguably the last from which Airbus would be looking to take market share.

The Vision At Emirates

In the short to medium term, to address its desire to keep its fleet young and extend the life of passenger aircraft, the airline will look to see some of its older 777-300ERs for conversion to dedicated freighter jets.

Additionally, extra 777Fs will be acquired to boost its offering. The next-generation freighters are still some time away and could quickly encounter significant delays. Due to this, the company needs to prepare and ensure it has enough capacity to meet the needs of these planes.

Daniel Fowkes
30 Mar 2024
· Aircraft 
· Freight 

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