Silk Way West Airlines celebrated the arrival of its first Boeing 777F on Tuesday. The cargo aircraft with registration number VP-BMG landed at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, coming from Seattle.
The Azerbaijani cargo carrier has a deal for seven new freighters, five 777Fs and two 777-8Fs. Aircraft deliveries should be distributed until 2030.
With the capacity to transport up to 107 tons over a distance of 9,200 km, the 777F will join the Boeing 747 freighters that make up the Silk Way West fleet.
The company currently has seven 747-400F and five 747-8F.
“We are thrilled to welcome the arrival of our first Boeing 777F to Baku, marking a significant milestone for Silk Way West Airlines,” said Wolfgang Meier, President of Silk Way West Airlines.
This addition to our fleet not only enhances our capabilities but also underlines our commitment to providing sustainable cargo services to our customers. We look forward to leveraging the advanced features of the Boeing 777F to further strengthen our position in the global cargo market.”
“With the global air cargo fleet expected to grow by more than 60% over the next 20 years, the unmatched efficiency of the 777 Freighter will boost Silk Way West’s capabilities and allow them to further scale their world-class cargo operations,” said Paul Righi, Boeing vice president Sales, Eurasia. “We are honored to strengthen our partnership as Silk Way West continues to build its freighter fleet.”
Boeing claims to have 319 firm orders for the 777 freighter since the program began in 2005. From 2027, the 777F will no longer be produced due to environmental legislation, being replaced by the 777-8F, part of the 777X family.
Silk Way West, however, will no longer be an exclusive Boeing customer. The airline intends to receive two Airbus A350Fs in the future.