Silkway West Airlines will soon take delivery of its first Boeing 777F freighter.
The pictured VP-BMG successfully conducted its first flight from Paine Field in Everett on September 18.
The cargo airline has taken the opportunity to introduce a new livery.
Founded in 2012 in Baku, at the heart of the Silk Road, Silk Way West Airlines is the largest cargo airline in the Caspian Sea region. Based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the airline operates around 350 monthly flights across Europe, Asia, and the Americas via its fleet of 12 dedicated Boeing 747-8F and Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft. The airline’s annual cargo turnover exceeds 500,000 tons, while its growing route network covers over 40 destinations across Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Asia, and the Americas.
A member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2015, Silk Way West Airlines meets all international safety requirements for air cargo. South Korea’s Incheon Airport honoured Silk Way West Airlines with the prestigious ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2020’ award.
The carrier is a GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certificate holder extending its product line in transportation of medical goods and pharmaceutical logistics services. Further to this accreditation, Silk Way West Airlines improved its capacity in reliably handling time- and temperature-sensitive cargo taking a leading role in global distribution of medical supplies.
On April 28, 2021, Silk Way West Airlines signed a strategic fleet expansion agreement with Boeing for five state-of-the-art 777 Freighters.
The agreement was signed at a ceremony in Baku on April 28, 2021 attended by Mr. Rashad Nabiyev, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Group, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Azerbaijan Earle D. Litzenberger, Mr. Stan Deal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The investment marks a further step in Silk Way West Airlines’ expansion of its international network to meet growing demand for cargo transportation.
According to the agreement, Silk Way West Airlines will purchase five state-of-the-art Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft, with delivery planned over 2023-2027.
This is the first order for Boeing 777 Freighters in the Central Asia and Caspian region. The Boeing 777F is the largest twin-engine freighter on the market, with a range of 9,200 km and a maximum payload of 102,000 kg. As the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly freighter, the latest additions to the Silk Way West fleet will contribute to the airline’s sustainability goals, as well as being a particularly cost-effective option in terms of maintenance and operating expenses.
Silk Way West Airlines is part of Silk Way Group, which consists of three companies – Silk Way West Airlines, Silk Way Airlines and Silk Way Technics.
Silk Way West Airlines also signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of two A350F Freighters, with delivery planned over 2027-2028.
An option for two further aircraft of the same model was included. The agreement, the first between the two companies, was signed at a ceremony in Baku on June 28, 2022.
Top Copyright Photo: Silkway West Airlines Boeing 777F VP-BMG (msn 67454) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 961477.
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