Airlines Azerbaijan Airlines orders eight Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Azerbaijan Airlines has announced a new order with Boeing to enhance its long-haul fleet. The carrier signed for eight new 787 Dreamliners.

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Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines have signed a firm purchase agreement that will see the carrier expanding its long-haul operations. In total, the Azerbaijani flag-carrier will take delivery of eight additional Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, the smaller variant of the aircraft type.

With the new aircraft, Azerbaijan Airlines seeks to open new routes from Azerbaijan to destinations around the world. It will also boost capacity for inbound tourism, which starts to reach pre-pandemic levels throughout the world.

The order was celebrated over the course of a signing ceremony held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. In presence of Jahangir Asgarov, president of the airline and Stand Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the parties signed the deal. Back in July 2022, the companies initially signed a commitment to purchase for four aircraft.

Asgarov commented: "The successful development of the country's civil aviation has become possible thanks to the continuous support and attention of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. The signing of a contract with Boeing for the purchase of modern wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliners is an important step in modernizing the fleet and increasing the level of AZAL air transportation."

Deal added: "The 787 has helped position Azerbaijan Airlines as the leading carrier across Central Asia, with the airplane's flexibility and capability opening Azerbaijan up to increased tourism and economic growth […] For more than 20 years we have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines and this order for Dreamliners is a testament to the strength of our product family and the relationship between our companies.

The Boeing 787 is Boeing’s most successful long-haul aircraft. It celebrated entry into service back in 2011 but since then also had many problems that partly led to the world-fleet being grounded because of production flaws. Just recently, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) stated, that faucet leaks in 787 jets could pose a safety hazard.

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