Boeing has accepted an order from Silk Way West Airlines (SWWA) for two 777-8 Freighters, with an option for two more.
According to a statement made by the Azeri freight airline, delivery of the aircraft is anticipated to take place between 2029 and 2030.
SWWA is now the first customer in Central Asia to order a Boeing twin-engine freighter as a result of the order.
The announcement comes after the airline signed a purchase agreement for five Boeing 777s in April 2021 and secured an order for two Airbus A350 freighters in June 2022.
“We are pleased to announce this order with our longstanding partner Boeing and become one of the world’s first customers for the newest freighter,” Silk Way Group president, Zaur Akhundov said.
“This year Silk Way West airline 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.”
Commenting on SWWA’s order, Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: “With sustained demand for air cargo tied to expanding e-commerce and air freight’s speed and reliability, Boeing expects the global freighter fleet to increase by 60% through 2041.”
Deal added: “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.”