August 29 - Boeing and Silk Way Airlines are celebrating the delivery of the airline's two 747-8 Freighters. The first aircraft delivered last week and the second yesterday.

"We strive to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in our fleet and our services, and by continuing to increase our regional and international footprint," said Zaur Akhundov, president, SW Holding, parent company of Silk Way Airlines. "The delivery of our new 747-8 freighters is a sound step forward in that direction."

With this new capacity the Baku-based company is planning to launch next month regular services to Seoul, South Korea and increase its Asia services to Shanghai and Hong-Kong to as many five per week.

According to Boeing, the new 747-8 freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics in its class while providing enhanced environmental performance.

The aircraft is optimsed to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door. To date, Boeing has delivered 49 747-8 Freighters.