First customer for new fuel-efficient 777-8 Freighter in Eurasia region
Boeing and Silk Way West Airlines have completed an order for two 777-8 Freighters, with options for two more aircraft. The two companies announced the agreement at a signing ceremony at Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Seattle Delivery Center today.
The Azerbaijani cargo airline, which flies to 40 destinations around the world, is the first customer in the Eurasia region to order the industry’s newest, most capable and fuel-efficient twin-engine freighter.
The order was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders and Shipments website.
“We are delighted to announce this order with our long-time partner Boeing and to become one of the world’s first customers for the latest freightersaid Zaur Akhundov, President of the Silk Way Group. “This year Silk Way West Airlines celebrates its 10th anniversaryth anniversary, and for the past decade the airline has operated an all-Boeing fleet. Today’s agreement reflects our ongoing investments in Boeing’s market-leading freighter aircraft. Our fleet renewal plans will help further reduce our operating costs, improve fuel efficiency and make air cargo services in our region more sustainable.”
Boeing launched the new 777-8 Freighter in January 2022 and has booked more than 50 orders for the model. The 777-8 Freighter has nearly identical payload and range as the 747-400 Freighter, but offers 30% better fuel efficiency and emissions, and 25% lower operating costs per ton. It is the ideal choice as operators replace aging freighters within this decade.
“Given the continued demand for air freight coupled with the expansion of e-commerce and the speed and reliability of air freight, Boeing expects the global freighter fleet to grow 60% by 2041said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re proud that Boeing products, including this 777-8 Freighter order, continue to fuel Silk Way West Airlines’ expansion plans and help realize its goal of making Baku a global cargo hub.”
Boeing provides more than 90% of the world’s dedicated freighter capacity, including newly produced and converted aircraft.