Silk Way Airlines (ZP, Baku) will sign an agreement with Boeing (BOE, Chicago O'Hare) before year-end for two more B747-8(F)s the president of AZAL Azerbaijan Airlines (J2, Baku), Jahangir Asgarov, has announced. At present Silk Way Airlines has five B747-8(F)s in service with its Silk Way West Airlines (7L, Baku) unit.

The private Trend news agency reports Asgarov making the comments during the 7th Caspian Air Cargo Summit which opened in Baku on Tuesday, October 10.

“Preparatory work is currently underway for the purchase of these aircraft,” Asgarov said. “Today, Silk Way Airlines operates flights to 60 countries, including 37 regular routes. I should note that over the past year, the airline opened 11 new routes which include Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, as well as Hong Kong-Singapore flights carried out over the Pacific Ocean.”

In tandem to the Silk Way purchase, a deal for four more B787s for AZAL, previously announced this year, will also be signed, Asgarov added.