Azerbaijan Airlines is intending to acquire two Airbus A340-500s next year in order to launch new long-haul operations.
Deputy chief of the carrier's commercial and tariff policy section Sardar Aliyev confirms that the airline is "expecting to receive" the two aircraft in 2013.
"We are planning to operate these aircraft in the direction of Asia and America," he says, without further details on possible destinations.
Azerbaijan Airlines has not identified the two airframes involved but a pair of A340-500s were recently purchased from Airbus by AJW Capital Partners.
AJW said the aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engines, would be put into commercial service with one of its customers, while Airbus said they featured a two-class cabin and would start operating in early 2013.
Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines is a customer for the Boeing 787 with two General Electric GEnx-powered aircraft on order from an agreement signed in 2007.
When Airbus closed A340 production in late 2011 the airframer had four of the type still to deliver, two of which were VIP airframes and the other two originally intended for Kingfisher Airlines.
Both Kingfisher aircraft were subsequently listed as having been cancelled by the airline. Airbus's latest order backlog data lists the two VIP aircraft as yet to be delivered.