ACW - Air Cargo Week
Second B747F joins Silk Way
Azerbaijan-headquartered Silk Way Airlines has received its second B747-400 freighter, which has already been introduced into operations between Europe and China via Baku in Azerbaijan.
A statement from Silk Way said the carrier's main objective in the near future is to increase its capabilities to the most important markets worldwide, adding additional cargo capacity to that already provided by its interline partners and to "consolidate our position as a powerhouse in the transportation of goods into the Caspian, Middle East and Western China regions".
Zaur Akundhov, president of Silk Way Airlines, said the carrier will add two B767 freighter aircraft to its fleet in 2012.
This year, the carrier achieved several important goals, launching scheduled freighter service with its first B747-400F operating flights to Frankfurt-Hahn, Luxembourg and Milan.
The next significant milestone will be the imminent launch of scheduled freighter service from the US, which will start in the first quarter of 2012 at a frequency of two scheduled flights a week.
Silk Way transits cargo through the BCT Baku Cargo Terminal at its Azerbaijan hub, a state-of-the-art facility, considered the largest and most high-tech terminal in all of the CIS countries.
According to the Silk Way statement, the significance and importance of Baku as a strategic hub for all cargo transiting from West to East is enhanced by the political stability of the country and its strong ties with the West.
The freight carrier noted that Baku's stability is in contrast with many other hubs in the area, where political turmoil could in the foreseeable future disrupt the smooth flow of freight traffic.