Silk Way gets two new 747-8s

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Boeing has delivered two new 747-8 freighters to Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier Silk Way Airlines.

The first aircraft was delivered last week and the second arrived on 28 August, says Boeing.

"We strive to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in our fleet and our services, and by continuing to increase our regional and international footprint," says Zaur Akhundov, president of Silk Way’s parent company SW Holding. "The delivery of our new 747-8 freighters is a sound step forward in that direction."

The two aircraft bring to 49 the number of 747-8 freighters delivered by Boeing. The company says the aircraft has the lowest operating costs and best economics in its class, with 16% more cargo volume than a 747-400 freighter.

Silk Way’s fleet also includes eight Ilyushin II-76s and one Antonov AN-12, according to the Ascend Fleets database.

Earlier this year the airline also announced it had acquired three 747-400 freighters and two 767-300 freighters.

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