Airbus announced on Monday that it had won a first provisional order for seven A350 cargo planes from a leasing company Airline rental company as he sought to capitalize on the booming freight market.

No financial details were disclosed after the deal was struck at the Dubai Airshow. A signed letter of intent for cargo ships includes more than 100 passenger jets: 25 A220-300, 55 A321neo, 20 A321XLR and four large A330neo jets.

Cargo was essential to the survival of many airlines, as passenger flights came to a halt during the Covid pandemic. It has now spread with sea container charges skyrocketing due to growing economic demand.

“It is very clear that (…) electronic commerce is a very stabilizing factor in the cargo market and a growth factor,” said Air Lease general manager John Plueger.

Boeing is expected to launch a competing cargo version of its 777X widebody airliner in a few weeks. He said on Sunday he was in advanced talks with potential clients.

Air Lease Chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy said the company was “confident that we have again made the right choice on the A220 and A350F, meeting what we think the market will need in the future. the upcoming recovery period “.

In a separate deal announced in London on Monday, the European low-cost airline Wizz Air agreed to buy 102 Airbus A321neo.