Silk Way Airlines

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Silk Way Airlines
Silk Way Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
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 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.


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]


As of April 2013, Silk Way Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:[4]

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
Antonov An-178
Firm order May 2015 for 10 aircraft[5]
Boeing 747-400F
Former Cargolux airframes with Rolls-Royce RB211 engines
Boeing 747-8F
2 [6]
2 ordered in July 2013. 3 ordered on 3 March 2015
Boeing 767-300F
Purchased by FedEx Express February 2015
Ilyushin Il-76MF
Fleet equipped with Aviadvigatel PS-90A-76 Stage IV compliance engines
Total 17

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