LONDON – Silk Way West Airlines has signed a deal with GE Aerospace for 16 GE9X and GE90 engines to power its Boeing 777 aircraft going into the future.
The order for 16 engines breaks down into five GE9X engines and 11 GE90 engines, which will be used to power the Boeing 777-8 Freighters and standard 777 Freighters it has on order.
“We are delighted to continue a successful, long-lasting cooperation with GE Aerospace,” said Mr. Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Group.
He added: “This agreement marks the strengthening of our relationship. This is a step forward to a more sustainable future.”
“We believe that this partnership extension will help us to deliver our long-term strategy of sustainable growth and environmental commitments, allowing us to continuously improve the services provided to our valuable customers.”
Kathy MacKenzie, the President of Commercial Programs for GE Aerospace, also commented on the order:
“The GE9X engine offers a combination of power and fuel efficiency that is unmatched in its class”.
“We are proud to continue building our relationship with Silk Way West as they continue to modernize their fleet for cargo operations.”
The Aircraft Side of the Equation…
Back in April, the airline announced that they have placed an order for five Boeing 777 freighter aircraft as a fleet expansion plan for Silk Way Group.
With this new order, Silk Way airline’s cargo arm will be equipped with a long-range, high-capacity twin-engine fleet, one of a kind in the Caspian and Central Asia region.
Speaking on this remarkable deal between Silk Way and Boeing, Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Group, said that “this deal is an incremental part of our fleet renewal and our commitment to meet our customers’ expectations.”
“I am confident that the acquisition of new freighters will further strengthen our leading position on the global air freight market for the next 15 to 20 years.”
Then, earlier this month, Silk Way West Airlines finalized its order with Boeing for two firm 777-8 Freighter aircraft, with options for an additional two, should they choose to exercise.
Such a deal marked Silk Way West as the first customer in the Eurasia region to order the aircraft, which Boeing was keen to emphasize.
Zaur Akhundov, Silk Way Group President said the following on the finalization earlier this week:
“We are pleased to announce this order with our longstanding partner Boeing and become one of the world’s first customers for the newest freighter”.
“This year, Silk Way West Airlines celebrates its 10th anniversary, and over the past decade, the carrier has been operating an all-Boeing fleet.”
“Today’s agreement reflects our ongoing investment in Boeing’s market-leading freighters. Our fleet renewal plans will help to further reduce our operating costs and enhance fuel efficiency as well as make air freight services in our region more sustainable.”
For Silk Way West Airlines, this concludes their ordering spree for the time being.
All that is left is for the carrier to receive the aircraft and expand its operations that way.
It’s going to be interesting to see which destinations they aim to serve with these new aircraft that are yet to be delivered.