AZAL commits to two Boeing 747-8F and orders seven Dreamliners

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Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) has ordered five more Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and has committed to purchase two 747-8Fs.

The agreement, was announced at the 2017 Dubai Air Show, is valued at about $1.9 billion at current list prices. The freighter commitment will be finalised at a later time.

AZAL president, Jahangir Askerov says: “Ordering additional 787 Dreamliner airplanes will greatly expand our airline’s capabilities, allowing us to serve new destinations and carry more passengers.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with The Boeing Company, which has been a reliable partner in supplying modern airplanes, and helping us operate and maintain the jets.”

Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive officer, Kevin McAllister says: “We appreciate Azerbaijan Airlines’ growing confidence in the Boeing 787 and the airplane’s market-leading fuel efficiency and passenger-pleasing features.

“The 787 Dreamliner will play a key role in Azerbaijan’s fleet modernisation plan, help them open new routes, and contribute to their long-term success.”

AZAL serves 40 destinations in 25 countries. The airline currently flies two 787 aircraft as well as a fleet of Boeing 757 and 767s.