Silk Way confirms 747-8F order

Silk Way West has confirmed its order for three B747-8 freighters.
The Azerbaijan-based carrier said the new planes were valued at over $1.1bn at current list prices. They join a fleet of two other B747-8Fs, two B767-300Fs and three B747-400Fs.
The B747-8 freighter, said the carrier, offers the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane along with better environmental performance. It has 16 per cent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400, while keeping its “iconic” nose door.
Silk Way Group president Zaur Akhundov said: "Silk Way Airlines’ success and profitability as a cargo operator is a direct result of investing in its fleet and services and growing its regional and international footprint. I am confident we will maintain our rate of growth, supported by three new B747-8 freighters."
Boeing vice president for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia sales, Marty Bentrott, commented: “The B747-8 is perfectly suited to meet the needs of Silk Way Group for their growing cargo business. We value our partnership with Silk Way West and are grateful for their enduring confidence in Boeing and the B747-8 freighter."
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