Boeing and Silk Way West Airlines have announced the private cargo operator will expand its international network with an order for five 777 Freighters. The deal marks the first purchase of the long-range, high capacity twin-engine freighter in the Caspian region and Central Asia.
Designed to integrate smoothly with existing cargo operations, the 777 Freighter will provide Silk Way West Airlines operational flexibility with five 747-8 Freighters and seven 747-400 Freighters the carrier currently operates.
Founded in 2012 in Baku, Silk Way West Airlines is the largest cargo airline in the Caspian Sea region with an annual cargo turnover of 350,000 tons. Based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, the airline operates approximately 350 monthly scheduled flights to 40 destinations around the world.
After a break of nearly two years, Silk Way West Airlines has again introduced scheduled service into Budapest. The Hungarian capital has once more become part of Silk Way West Airlines’ global cargo network. The first flight landed at Liszt Ferenc International Airport in the morning of March 18, 2018. From there on, the airline is connecting Budapest and the cargo hub in Baku twice a week on Thursday and Sunday. The flights will be executed with Boeing 747 full freighters of which Silk Way expects to add two more to its existing fleet of more than ten 747 freighters in due course. Having already included Vienna and Kiev into its network portfolio, the re-launch of the Budapest connection will be part of the European expansion with more destinations to follow during the course of this year.
Copyright Photo: Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silkway West Airlines) Boeing 747-467F VP-BCH (msn 30804) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 935438.
Silk Way and Boeing announced an order for 10 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The order, valued at $1.1 billion at current list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
Azerbaijan-based Silk Way Group includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services including passenger and cargo airlines. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and three 747-8 Freighters.
Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SSWL N8701Q (msn 42554) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 931526.
Silk Way West (formerly Silk Way Airlines) (Baku) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have announced an order for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices.
Silk Way West is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.
According to Boeing, “there are now 56 747-8 Freighters in service with eight customers, the 747-8 Freighters have logged more than 500,000 flight hours and more than 88,000 flight cycles. They are performing with the highest dispatch reliability and utilization of any four-engine airplane in service.”
Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silk Way West Airlines) Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVC (4K-SW882) (msn 44937) lands at Paine Field near Everett.
When finalized, the contract will be valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. The order will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.
Silk Way West Airlines is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.
Silk Way Airlines became Silk Way West Airlines on July 1, 2012.
Top Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com (all others below by Silk Way West Airlines). Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVC (4K-SW882) (msn 44937) prepares to land at Paine Field. This freighter was delivered on August 29, 2014.