Azerbaijan Airlines Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Boeing for Four Additional 787-8s
Azerbaijan Airlines has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Boeing for four additional Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. The carrier currently operates two 787-8s and plans on expanding their Dreamliner fleet to 10 by 2030.
On Wednesday (July 20, 2022), from the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow, Boeing announced that Azerbaijan Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of four additional Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. Currently, the Azerbaijan flag carrier operates two 787-8s, and plans on expanding their Dreamliner fleet to 10 by 2030, enabling the opening of new routes across Central Asia. The 787-8 delivers a fuel use and emissions reduction of 20-25 percent compared to the airplanes it replaces, while offering a range of up to 7,306 nautical miles (13,530 km) in a typical two-class configuration, as well as a noise footprint reduction of 60 percent compared to previous generation airplanes. The 787 Family’s efficiency, flexibility and range has allowed carriers worldwide to open more than 300 new nonstop routes.
In Wednesday’s announcment, Azerbaijan Airlines’ President, Jahangir Asgarov, said,
“Azerbaijan Airlines was the first airline in the Caspian and Central Asia region to operate the 787-8 Dreamliner and we currently have two 787-8s in-service. This MoU is the evidence of joint efforts to scale up the mutually beneficial partnership between Azerbaijan Airlines and Boeing. Over the years, our 787 airplanes have provided impeccable performance, and the addition of more long-haul airplanes will further expand the geography of Azerbaijan Airlines’ route network.”
Also commenting on the new MoU, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ President and CEO, Stan Deal, added,
“Today's agreement extends our long-term partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines as they renew their fleet to capitalize on the growing long-term travel demand that we are seeing globally. The global in-service 787 fleet has been the most-utilized widebody during the market downturn and we are confident in the proven performance capabilities of this airplane.”
Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines is one of the largest carriers in the Caspian region and Central Asia. The airline currently operates two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, as well as a fleet of Boeing 757s, 767s and 777s.
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