Azerbaijan Airlines has placed an order at the Dubai Airshow 2017 for five Boeing 787-8s and signed a commitment to purchase two large freighters, to be finalized at a later time.
“Ordering additional 787 Dreamliner airplanes will greatly expand our airline’s capabilities, allowing us to serve new destinations and carry more passengers,” said Jahangir Askerov [centre in photo], president of AZAL. “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.”
AZAL’s fleet already includes two 787-8s. The airline also operates 757-200s and 767-300ERs.
“We appreciate Azerbaijan Airlines’ growing confidence in the Boeing 787 and the airplane’s market-leading fuel efficiency and passenger-pleasing features,” said Kevin McAllister [left in photo], president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787 Dreamliner will play a key role in Azerbaijan's fleet modernization plan, help them open new routes, and contribute to their long-term success.”
Azerbaijan Airlines also announced that it would be the launch customer for the 787 Landing Gear Exchange Program, whereby Boeing Global Services will provide the carrier with a lower-cost solution for overhauled and certified landing gears for its fleet of 787s.
“Boeing is excited to launch the 787 Landing Gear Exchange Program with Azerbaijan Airlines,” said Stan Deal [right in photo], president and CEO of Boeing Global Services. “This programme will keep the airline’s 787s flying while providing a cost-effective and reliable alternative to buying new landing gear and performing equipment overhaul.”
More than 65 customers have ordered more than 1,275 787s to date, according to Boeing.