Silk Way Airlines

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Not to be confused with SilkAir.
Silk Way Airlines
Silk Way Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2001
Hubs Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Subsidiaries SW Group
Fleet size 24
Destinations 49
Company slogan We are restoring old routes by air cargo transportation.
Headquarters Baku, Azerbaijan

Silk Way Airlines (also Silk Way West Airlines, Silk Way Helicopter Services, Silk Way Ground Handling) is a cargo airline with its head office and flight operations at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] It operates freight services linking Europe and Asia, United States and Africa, as well as services for government and non-governmental organisations.


The company was founded in 2001 and started commercial flights on 6 October 2001.[2] In early 2015 a contract was being negotiated for another 3 Boeing 747-8 freighters.[3] In May 2015 the airline was announced as the launch customer for the Antonov An-178 after placing an order for 10 aircraft.[4] In 2017, the company signed purchase of 10 more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with total cost of $1B.[5]


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.
Silk Way Airlines Boeing 747-8F in 2016

As of April 2013, Silk Way Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:[6]


Hong Kong
South Korea
United Arab Emirates

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


United Kingdom

United States[edit]



The Silk Way Airlines fleet consists of the following freighter aircraft (as of August 2016):

Silk Way Airlines Passenger Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737 MAX 8 10 TBA Deliveries begin 2018[12]
Total 10
Silk Way Airlines Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
Antonov An-12BK 3
Antonov An-178 10 [13]
Boeing 747-400F 3
Boeing 747-8F 9[14]
Boeing 767-300F 2
Ilyushin Il-76TD 7
Total 24 10

Incidents and accidents[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact." Silk Way Airlines. Retrieved on 25 August 2011. "Head office Heydar Aliyev International Airport AZ1044 Baku, Azerbaijan."
  2. ^ Fleet list of Silk Way Airlines at the Aero Transport Database
  3. ^ "Silk Way Eyes More 747-8s". Airliner World: 10. March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Antonovs for Silk Way". Airliner World (July 2015): 8. 
  5. ^ Holding, APA Information Agency, APA. "Silk Way Airlines to purchase ten Boeing-737 MAX aircrafts [sic] for $1B". Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Silk Way Airlines timetable at
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Silk Way West Airlines launches direct flights to Chicago". Trend.Az (in Russian). 23 September 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Silk Way Airlines implements first Baku-Djibouti cargo flight". Trend.Az (in Russian). 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Azerbaijan's Silk Way Airlines orders ten B737 MAX 8s". Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Silk Way Airlines signs a firm order for ten Antonov An-178 freighters after the successful first flight". World Airline News. 
  14. ^ "Boeing". 
  15. ^ Harro Ranter (7 November 2002). "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 12BK 4K-AZ21 Kome". 
  16. ^ Harro Ranter (6 July 2011). "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 76TD 4K-AZ55 Bagram Air Base (BPM)". 
  17. ^ "The Aviation Herald". 
  18. ^ "Azerbaijani plane crash victims identified". Reuters. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Silk Way Airlines at Wikimedia Commons