Azerbaijan Airlines has ordered eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
The jets will enable the Central Asian carrier to open up
new long-haul routes from Azerbaijan, boosting capacity for inbound tourism and trade.
“The successful development of the country’s civil aviation has become possible thanks to the continuous support and attention of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev,” said Jahangir Asgarov, president of Azerbaijan Airlines. “The signing of a contract with Boeing for the purchase of modern wide-body Boeing 787 Dreamliners is an important step in modernizing the fleet and increasing the level of AZAL air transportation.”
Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines is one of the largest carriers
in Central Asia, serving 40 destinations across 25 countries, with
a fleet that includes Boeing 757, 767 and 787 jets.
Built with lightweight composite materials and powered by
advanced engines, the 787 Dreamliner can fly up to 20% more
passengers while reducing fuel use and emissions by 25% compared to older airplanes.
The 787-8 has a range of up to 13,530 km in a typical two-class configuration, enabling Azerbaijan Airlines to grow its network across Europe, Asia and beyond.
“The 787 has helped position Azerbaijan Airlines as the leading carrier across Central Asia, with the airplane’s flexibility and capability opening Azerbaijan up to increased tourism and economic growth,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “For more than 20 years we have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines and this order for Dreamliners is a testament to the strength of our product family and the relationship between our companies.”
Since entering service in 2011, the 787 family’s fuel efficiency and range have enabled airlines to open more than 350 new nonstop routes, such as Azerbaijan Airlines’ recent connection between Baku and New Delhi, India.