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Boeing delivers Azerbaijan Airlines’ first 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Co. and Azerbaijan Airlines announced Tuesday the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner.

The state-owned airline is the first carrier in the Commonwealth of Independent States to operate a Dreamliner. Azerbaijan Airlines president Jahangir Askerov said the plane will “increase its competitiveness both regionally and internationally.”

Azerbaijan Airlines flies to more than 20 destinations in the United States, China, Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East and Europe from its base at Heydar Aliyev Airport in Baku.

“We are very excited that Azerbaijan Airlines has selected the 787 Dreamliner to lead its route expansion plans and help their business grow,” said Marty Bentrott, a Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president.

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