Freight Silk Way West Airlines orders five Boeing 777 Freighters

Boeing has announced, that Silk Way West Airlines has signed to purchase five Boeing 777 Freighters.

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Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has released, that it has signed a purchase agreement with Silk Way West Airlines over five Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft. The cargo operator seeks to expand its international network.

This purchase deal represents the first order of the long-range, high-capacity twin-engine freighter in the Caspian region and Central Asia. Silk Way is already operating with Boeing Freighter aircraft. 10 747Fs belong to the fleet.

The deal for the five 777 Freighters was announced during a signing ceremony in Baku. Akhundov; Rashad Nabiyev, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan; and Earle D. Litzenberger, U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan, as well as Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes were present.

Akhundov commented: "This deal is an incremental part of our fleet renewal and our commitment to meet our customers' expectations. I am confident that the acquisition of new freighters will further strengthen our leading position on the global air freight market for the next 15 to 20 years."

Deal added: "Silk Way West Airlines has been rapidly expanding the geographic reach of its network. With the global air freight market forecasted to grow more than 60% over the next 20 years, this new order bolsters their ability to meet trade and e-commerce demand in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America […] We are honored to partner with them and look forward to introducing the market-leading efficiency and capability of the 777 Freighter to its fleet of 747 Freighters."

Boeing´s 777 Freighter is one of the largest and most capable twin-engine freighter in the industry. The aircraft is more fuel-efficient compared to older aircraft and has a range of 9,200 kilometers, enabling operators to open routes to completely new markets.

Silk Way West Airlines will benefit from this. Currently, the operator performs flights with five Boeing 747-8 Freighters and seven 747-400 Freighters. With this new 777 Freighter aircraft, the airline will expand its fleet and modernize operations.

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