Silk Way Airlines

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Silk Way Airlines
Silk Way Airlines logo.png
Founded 2001
Hubs Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Subsidiaries SW Group
Fleet size 14
Destinations 20
Headquarters Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Baku, Azerbaijan

Silk Way Airlines is a cargo airline with its head office and flight operations on the property of Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] The company was founded in 2001 (with the launch of commercial flights on 6 October)[2] and offers freight services linking Europe to Asia; the airline's name refers to the historical Silk Road trading route between the two continents. Since its inception, Silk Way Airlines has grown tremendously in both fleet and network size as a cargo airline. Working with Azerbaijan Airlines, it secures the country’s reputation as a key regional hub.

Silk Way Airlines has gained extensive experience in establishing regular service into areas not serviced by scheduled flights. That’s why Silk Way Airlines performed over 1,600 flights into Afghanistan on L-76TD and An-12 a/c types in 2010 alone. As a result, we have worked with government and non-government organizations to provide dedicated solutions to all requests, no matter how complex.


As of April 2013, Silk Way Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:[3]

A Silk Way Airlines Douglas DC-8 at Zurich Airport in 2003.
An Antonov An-12 of Silk Way Airlines at Luxembourg Findel Airport in 2004.
An Ilyushin Il-76 of Silk Way Airlines approaches Dubai International Airport in 2010.
A Silk Way Airlines Boeing 747-400F lands at Malpensa Airport in 2011.
 Great Britain
 South Korea
 The Netherlands
 United Arab Emirates

Road freighter service (RFS) is also provided from Baku to additional destinations in Central Asia.


The Silk Way Airlines fleet consists of the following freighter aircraft (as of July 2013):

Silk Way Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Notes
Antonov An-12
BK model
Boeing 747-400F
Former Cargolux airframes with Rolls-Royce RB211 engines
Boeing 747-8F
2 [4]
ordered 2 from Boeing in July 2013.
Boeing 767-300F
delivered new from Boeing in May 2012 – with blended winglets
Ilyushin Il-76MF
all fleet equipped with Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 Stage IV compliance engines
Total 17

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