Silk Way Airlines

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Silk Way Airlines
Silk Way Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
ZP AZQ SILK LINE
Founded 2001
Hubs Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Subsidiaries SW Group
Fleet size 18
Destinations 20
Headquarters Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Baku, Azerbaijan
Website silkway-airlines.com

Silk Way Airlines 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, as well as services for government and non-governmental organisations.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 2001 and started commercial flights on 6 October 2001.[2] In early 2015 a deal was being finalised to acquire a further 3 Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft.[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]

Destinations[edit]

As of April 2013, Silk Way Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:[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.
Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
China
Hong Kong
Georgia
Germany
Great Britain
Japan
Kazakhstan
South Korea
Kyrgyzstan
Iran
Israel
Italy
Luxembourg
Turkey
Netherlands
United Arab Emirates

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

Fleet[edit]

The Silk Way Airlines fleet consists of the following freighter aircraft (as of August 2015):

Silk Way Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Notes
Antonov An-12
3
BK model
Antonov An-178
0
Firm order May 2015 for 10 aircraft[7]
Boeing 747-400F
3
Former Cargolux airframes with Rolls-Royce RB211 engines
Boeing 747-8F
3 [8]
2 ordered in July 2013. 3 ordered on 3 March 2015
Boeing 767-300F
2
Purchased by FedEx Express February 2015
Ilyushin Il-76TD
7
Fleet equipped with Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 Stage IV compliance engines
Total 18

Incidents and accidents[edit]

References[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. ^ Silk Way Airlines timetable at silkway-airlines.com
  6. ^ http://www.silkwaywest.com/en/news/41/
  7. ^ "Silk Way Airlines signs a firm order for ten Antonov An-178 freighters after the successful first flight". World Airline News. 
  8. ^ "Boeing". boeing.mediaroom.com. 
  9. ^ Harro Ranter (7 November 2002). "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 12BK 4K-AZ21 Kome". aviation-safety.net. 
  10. ^ Harro Ranter (6 July 2011). "ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin 76TD 4K-AZ55 Bagram Air Base (BPM)". aviation-safety.netaviation-safety.net. 
  11. ^ "The Aviation Herald". avherald.com. 
  12. ^ "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