July 11, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Silk Way Airlines, a cargo carrier based in
, today announced an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters valued at
at current list prices.
"Silk Way Airlines' vision is to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in its fleet and services and continuing to increase its regional and international footprint," said
, president, SW Holding, parent company of Silk Way Airlines. "The order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters is a move in that direction."
Silk Way Airlines currently operates Boeing 747-400 Freighters and 767-300 Freighters. It is considered as one of the leading cargo airlines in
providing full-fledged services to
, as well as the Far East including Korea,
. In addition, it also serves international destinations through a network of alliances.
"One of the goals of the Azerbaijani government is to continue building
strategic positioning as a trade hub," said
, president, Azerbaijan Airlines, and architect of the country's present day civil aviation industry
"The addition of the new Boeing 747-8 Freighters will enable Silk Way Airlines to expand its operations and help the government achieve its objective."
"We are pleased that Silk Way Airlines has selected the 747-8 Freighters to serve some of the world's high growth markets," said
, vice president for Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes,
. "The 747-8 Freighter is the most efficient large freighter in the air and carries with it the 747 family's legacy of leadership in the air-cargo sector."
The new 747-8 Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door. With more than 150,000 hours in service, the 747-8 Freighters are achieving performance milestones with customers reporting 1 percent better fuel burn than expected. To date, Boeing has delivered 36 747-8 Freighters.