Silk Way West Airlines (7L, Baku Heydar Aliev International) took delivery of its first B777-200F on September 30, 2023, as it embarks on a fleet modernisation programme. The aircraft is the airline's first twinjet freighter.

VP-BMG (msn 67454) was ferried directly from Everett to Baku Heydar Aliev International over the course of September 29-30.

"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 from conception to reality. This expansion of the fleet will open up opportunities for Silk Way West Airlines to boost the volume of flights and extend our reach to additional strategic destinations, reflecting the growing importance of our home base of Baku as a regional and global transportation hub," VP Commercial Operations Fadi Nahas said.

The Azerbaijani cargo specialist currently operates seven B747-400FSCDs and five B747-8Fs. It has a further four B777-200Fs on firm order from Boeing, alongside two B777-8Fs (with two more options). It has also ordered two A350Fs from Airbus. Parent carrier Silk Way Airlines operates exclusively Soviet-era freighters - currently three Il-76TDs and two Il-76TD-90s, the ch-aviation fleets module shows.