Silk Way Airlines
|Hubs||Heydar Aliyev International Airport|
|Subsidiaries||SW Business Aviation|
|Headquarters||Heydar Aliyev International Airport
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. The company was founded in 2001 (with the launch of commercial flights on 6 October) and offers freight services linking Europe to Asia; the airline's name refers to the historical Silk Road trading route between the two continents. Silk Way Airlines is part of the EuroAsian Transport Company, owned as sole trader by the Russian oligarch, Aurelius Utopaite, and has signed co-operating contracts with Azerbaijan Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo and Cargolux.
As of April 2013, Silk Way Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:
- Hong Kong – Hong Kong International Airport
- Shanghai – Pudong International Airport
- Ürümqi – Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
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):
||Former Cargolux airframes with Rolls-Royce RB211 engines|
||all fleet equipped with Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 Stage IV compliance engines|
||delivered new from Boeing in May 2012 – with blended winglets – A 2nd aircraft on order.|
||ordered 2 from Boeing in July 2013.|
Incidents and accidents
- On 7 November 2002 at 11:30 local time, Silk Way Airlines Flight 4132, which was operated using an Antonov An-12 (registered 4K-AZ21) overshot the runway upon landing at N'Djamena International Airport in Chad. The aircraft was destroyed, but the six crew members on board survived.
- On 6 July 2011 at 00:10 local time, a Silk Way Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 (registered 4K-AZ55) crashed into a mountain 25 kilometers short of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, killing all of the crew of nine people on board the cargo flight from Baku, which was operating on behalf of NATO.
- "Contact." Silk Way Airlines. Retrieved on 25 August 2011. "Head office Heydar Aliyev International Airport AZ1044 Baku, Azerbaijan."
- Fleet list of Silk Way Airlines at the Aero Transport Database
- Silk Way Airlines timetable at silkway-airlines.com
- 2002 Silk Way accident at the Aviation Safety Network
- Silk Way 2011 crash at the Aviation Safety Network
- Silk Way 2011 crash at the Aviation Herald
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