Foremost in the airlines’ minds is their widebody fleet’s versatility, reliability and sustainability as they look to get through the crisis and thrive well beyond. And Airbus has been working hand-in-hand with its customers to ensure airlines can maximise the use of their widebody fleets throughout the crisis.
“Operators have been working hard to optimise their widebody fleets in these difficult times with the full support of Airbus’ customer services and engineering teams to adapt and certify the cabin decks for cargo operation,” explains Francois Obe, Head of Widebody Marketing Development. “We proudly saw the A350-1000s quickly put to use in repatriation and cargo flights, leading to the opening of 24 new routes for the A350 in a single month last year alone.”
Much-needed air bridges were also quickly established, transporting everything from medical supplies to high-technology products. IAG Cargo, the cargo-handling division of IAG (owner of Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, Vueling and LEVEL), performed nearly 150 cargo-only flights between April and August 2020 using the A350-1000, benefiting from its impressive cargo capacity and outstanding operational reliability of 99.5%.