Azerbaijani cargo carrier Silk Way West Airlines has placed an order for two Boeing 777-8 Freighters and taken options on two more of the type.

The deal, which was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website, marks a further commitment to the freighter Boeing launched in January this year and for which it has booked more than 50 orders.

Silk Way West 777-8F rendering

Source: Boeing

Silk Way West’s order for 777-8s was previously attributed by Boeing to undisclosed customer

Boeing launched the new freighter with a 34-strong commitment from Qatar Airways. All NIppon Airways, Lufthansa, and Ethiopian Airlines have all made commitments to the freighter, while Cargolux last month firmed an order for 10 of the type.

Silk Way Group president Zaur Akhundov says: ”This year Silk Way West Airlines celebrates its 10th anniversary, and over the past decade the carrier has been operating an all-Boeing fleet. Today’s agreement reflects our ongoing investment in Boeing’s market-leading freighters.

”Our fleet renewal plans will help to further reduce our operating costs and enhance fuel efficiency as well as make air freight services in our region more sustainable.”

Currently an all Boeing 747 freighter operator, Silk Way also placed a commitment for up to four of Airbus’ new A350 Freighter in June.