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Airbus challenges Boeing cargo dominance with A350 freighter

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By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) -Europe’s Airbus took aim at one of Boeing’s most profitable strongholds on Thursday with plans for a freighter version of its A350 passenger jet, gambling that a pandemic boom in Internet shopping will outlast the global health crisis. Boeing has for years dominated air freight corridors with its windowless cargo planes, even as its European rival grabbed its crown as the world’s largest maker of passenger jets. Airbus said its board had backed an A350 freighter to enter service in 2025, but did not announce customers. “We believe we have a very promising aircraf…

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