Silk Way West Airlines (7L, Baku Heydar Aliev International) has placed a firm order for two A350-1000(F)s from Airbus with options for a further two units of the type.

"We are delighted to sign the first but surely not the last agreement with Airbus, which marks the start of what I am sure will be a very fruitful partnership as we strive for future growth," President Wolfgang Meier said.

The delivery of the two firm-ordered units is planned for 2027/8.

The order represents a shift away from Silk Way West Airlines' current fleet strategy based on Boeing aircraft. The ch-aviation fleets module shows the Azeri carrier operates seven B747-400FSCDs and five B747-8Fs and also has a firm order for five B777-200Fs due for delivery between 2023 and 2027. It also operated two B767-300Fs between 2012 and 2015, the ch-aviation fleets history module shows.

Parent company Silk Way Airlines (ZP, Baku Heydar Aliev International) focuses on Soviet-era freighters and currently operates three Il-76TDs and two Il-76TD-90s.