July 11 - Azerbaijan-based Silk Way Airlines has ordered two Boeing 747-8 freighters valued at USD704 million, writes Louisa Beckett.

The new 747-8 freighter is optimised to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, one of the freighters that Silk Way Airline currently operates, offering 16 percent more cargo volume while keeping its iconic nose door.

"One of the goals of the Azerbaijani government is to continue building Baku's strategic positioning as a trade hub," said Jahangir Askerov, president, Azerbaijan Airlines, and architect of the country's present day civil aviation industry. "The addition of the new Boeing 747-8 Freighters will enable Silk Way Airlines to expand its operations and help the government achieve its objective."

Marty Bentrott, vice president for sales, said: "We are pleased that Silk Way Airlines has selected the 747-8 Freighters to serve some of the world's high growth markets."