Silk Way Group to buy three Boeing 747-8 Freighters

By Amina Nazarli Azerbaijan`s Silk Way Group will purchase three 747-8 Freighter airplanes as per the agreement the company signed with Boeing. The agreement was signed by President of Silk Way Group Zaur Akhundov and Vice-president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Marty Bentrott. The contract was valued at more than $1.1 billion. Jahangir Asgarov, the president of Azerbaijan Airlines and Robert Cekuta, the U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan attended the signing ceremony. Vice-president of Middle East, Russia and Central Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Marty Bentrott said Silk Way Group holds a special place among customers. He hailed Silk Way Group`s cooperation with Boeing. Bentrott expressed confidence that the agreement would be beneficial for both sides. Silk Way Airlines, the Azerbaijani cargo airline has its headquarters in Baku. The airline is the leader in the region in regular and charter cargo flights to more than 50 destinations. Silk Way West is included in Silk Way Holding, which combines a number of companies operating in the aviation industry and related services. It offers scheduled flights to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Its fleet consist of 3 Boeing 747-400F, two "747-8" aircraft and 2 Boeing B767-300F. It also cooperates closely with Silk Way Airlines and Azerbaijan Airlines, using cargo space on aircrafts IL-76 and AN-12 that belongs to Silk Way Airlines and bellies of passenger aircraft of Azerbaijan Airlines. -- Amina Nazarli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @amina_nazarli Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz
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