Silk Way Airlines
|Hubs||Heydar Aliyev International Airport|
|Company slogan||We are restoring old routes by air cargo transportation.|
|Website||silkwayairlines.com, silkwaywest.com, swhs.az, swgh.az|
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. 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. In early 2015 a contract was being negotiated for another 3 Boeing 747-8 freighters. In May 2015 the airline was announced as the launch customer for the Antonov An-178 after placing an order for 10 aircraft. In 2017, the company signed purchase of 10 more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with total cost of $1B.
As of April 2013, Silk Way Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:
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 August 2016):
|Silk Way Airlines Passenger Fleet|
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||—||10||TBA||Deliveries begin 2018|
|Silk Way Airlines Cargo Fleet|
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.
- On 19 May 2016, a Silk Way Airlines Antonov An-12 crashed during takeoff at Dwyer Airport in southern Afghanistan, killing 7 of the 9 crew members on board the cargo flight to Mary International Airport.
- "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 Eyes More 747-8s". Airliner World: 10. March 2015.
- "Antonovs for Silk Way". Airliner World (July 2015): 8.
- Holding, APA Information Agency, APA. "Silk Way Airlines to purchase ten Boeing-737 MAX aircrafts [sic] for $1B". Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- Silk Way Airlines timetable at silkway-airlines.com
- "Silk Way West Airlines launches direct flights to Chicago". Trend.Az (in Russian). 23 September 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- "Silk Way Airlines implements first Baku-Djibouti cargo flight". Trend.Az (in Russian). 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- "Azerbaijan's Silk Way Airlines orders ten B737 MAX 8s". Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- "Silk Way Airlines signs a firm order for ten Antonov An-178 freighters after the successful first flight". World Airline News.
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- Harro Ranter (7 November 2002). "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 12BK 4K-AZ21 Kome". aviation-safety.net.
- Harro Ranter (6 July 2011). "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 76TD 4K-AZ55 Bagram Air Base (BPM)". aviation-safety.netaviation-safety.net.
- "The Aviation Herald". avherald.com.
- "Azerbaijani plane crash victims identified". Reuters. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
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