Silk Way West Airlines has ordered 2 Boeing 777-8 Freighters, with the option for 2 more.

The agreement was signed at the Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Seattle Delivery Center by Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Group, and Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The aircraft are due to be delivered in 2029 and 2030, and will be capable of carrying over 118 tonnes with a range of over 9,200 kilometres.

Advanced technology, GE9X engines and a composite wing design gives the 777-8 30% greater fuel efficiency and emissions, and 25% lower operating costs per tonne.

Akhundov says, “This year Silk Way West Airlines celebrates its 10th anniversary, and over the past decade we have been operating an all-Boeing fleet. Today’s agreement reflects our ongoing investment in Boeing’s market-leading freighters. Our fleet renewal plans will help to further reduce our operating costs and enhance fuel efficiency as well as make air freight services in our region more sustainable.”

Deal adds, “We are proud that Boeing products, including this order for the 777-8 Freighter, continue to drive Silk Way West Airlines’ expansion plans and help realize the ambition of making Baku a global cargo hub.”