Silk Way West Airlines has placed an order for five Boeing 777 Freighters, the Azerbaijani carrier’s first commitment for the long-haul twinjet.

The airline already operates a fleet of five Boeing 747-8Fs and seven 747-400Fs.

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Source: Boeing

The agreement covering the 777s was signed at a ceremony in Baku today. No delivery dates have been disclosed.

Silk Way Group president Zaur Akhundov says: “This deal is an incremental part of our fleet renewal and our commitment to meet our customers’ expectations. I am confident that the acquisition of new freighters will further strengthen our leading position on the global air freight market for the next 15 to 20 years.” 

Boeing says adding the longer-range freighter will enable Silk Way to operate long-haul routes more efficiently with fewer stops.

It marks a second commitment for the type this year after DHL Express in January placed a follow-on order for eight 777Fs for delivery beginning next year.