On Tuesday, Azerbaijan-based Silk Way West Airlines became the latest operator of the Boeing (NYSE:) 777 Freighter, marking a significant step in its fleet modernization strategy. The cargo carrier took delivery of the first of five aircraft at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, expanding its capacity to meet increasing global cargo demand.
The Boeing 777 Freighter, recognized as the world’s largest, longest-range and most capable twin-engine freighter, will bring enhanced efficiency and operational flexibility to Silk Way West. It can cover a range of 9,200 kilometers and carry a maximum structural payload of 107,000 kilograms. These capabilities allow for fewer stops and reduced landing fees on long-haul routes.
Fadi Nahas, vice president of Silk Way West Airlines, Americas, acknowledged the significance of this development for the airline’s future. “Delivery of this aircraft marks a defining moment in our strategic plan to make Silk Way West Airlines greener, more fuel efficient, and better positioned for growth,” he said. He further added that the fleet expansion would enable Silk Way West Airlines to boost flight volume and extend its reach to additional strategic destinations.
The 777 Freighter’s fuel efficiency aligns with Silk Way West’s sustainability goals. The airline’s recent selection of the 777-8 Freighter also supports these objectives. Paul Righi, Boeing vice president Sales, Eurasia, noted that the growth in global air cargo fleet over the next two decades would benefit from the efficiency of the 777 Freighter.
Since its inception in 2005, the 777 Freighter has become Boeing’s top-selling freighter with orders from around the world totaling 319. More than 90% of the worldwide dedicated freighter capacity is provided by Boeing, including new-production and converted airplanes.
Silk Way West Airlines, based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, is the largest cargo airline in the Caspian Sea region. It operates approximately 350 monthly scheduled flights to 40 destinations worldwide, handling an annual cargo turnover of 350,000 tons.
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