BAKU, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Azerbaijan's flagship carriers are planning to purchase six additional Boeing planes, the president of Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) announced here on Tuesday.
Addressing the opening session of the Seventh Caspian Air Cargo Summit, Jahangir Asgarov said AZAL plans to sign a contract by the end of 2017 to buy four Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Additionally, two Boeing 747-8 F airplanes would be acquired by Silk Way Airlines, an Azerbaijani state-run cargo airline.
According to Asgarov, Azerbaijani carriers include in their fleets the Boeing 747, Boeing 787, Boeing 767, Airbus 340, Airbus 320, Airbus 319 and Embraer 190.
"We've also signed a contract for the purchase of 10 modern Boeing 737 MAX aircraft," he said, adding that these airplanes will be put into use in 2018.
He pointed out that Silk Way Airlines flies to 60 countries, with 37 regular routes and 11 new routes opened over the past year to Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
These new aircraft will help further strengthen the country's airline network, providing customers with more options while traveling, said Asgarov.
AZAL is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of the Commonwealth of Independent States countries. The total route network of the airline includes 40 destinations in 25 countries. In 2016, AZAL carried over 2 million passengers.
The Seventh Caspian Air Cargo Summit kicked off here on Monday, bringing together more than 200 executives and international market leaders in air cargo to discuss options for the development of the cargo industry and identify the most promising areas in the market.