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Silk Way West Airlines expands to Dallas/Fort Worth

Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silkway West Airlines) Boeing 747-4H6F VP-BCR (msn 28434) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 949893.

Silk Way West Airlines has added a weekly service to Dallas/Fort Worth from Baku.

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Top Copyright Photo: Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silkway West Airlines) Boeing 747-4H6F VP-BCR (msn 28434) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 949893.

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Silk Way West Airlines adds Tianjin

Silk Way West Airlines is poised to commence a twice-weekly service to Tianjin, connecting its global hub of Baku with one of the leading industrial centers of northern China.

Silk Way West’s service will run every Friday and Sunday, offering smooth transit options from Baku.

Silk Way Airlines disputes “deliberate misinformation campaign”

Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silkway West Airlines) Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVB (msn 44444) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943624.

Silk Way Airlines has issued this statement:

Silk Way Airlines strongly refutes the recent false claims put forward in several online articles attempting to smear Silk Way’s trusted reputation.  Void of any merit, these articles are a result of an organized campaign of misinformation penned by geopolitically motivated authors perpetrated to be in direct collaboration with Armenian connections.

Contrary to the false claims made in the articles, Silk Way dutifully followed all applicable protocols and methods under national and international aviation regulations and legal provisions concerning the transportation of goods by air, including International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.  As a standard operating procedure, prior to conducting the flights in question, Silk Way always obtained, without any diplomatic immunities, all necessary permits and exemptions required to transport dangerous cargo.

In addition, so-called ‘secret flights’, published in the articles referred, besides their fictitious quantity, were operated in full compliance with all established procedures and were ordered by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), while all consignors and consignees were designated by the mentioned authority. Thereby, the statements questioning the nature of these flights and their consignors and consignees lack all legal or substantive elements.

On the contrary, Silk Way’s proper handling of this cargo has been confirmed by multiple authorities, which have since publicly refuted the false claims of misconduct in official statements, one of them made available here.

The very same authors who attempt to describe Silk Way as a company involved in illegal activities, admit in their posts that high-ranking institutions such as the U.S. military including U.S. Transport Command, Boeing and Boeing Global Services, the Canadian Department of National Defense, the German Armed Forces, the French Army and the United Nations, have a long-standing contractual relationship with Silk Way.  These partnerships reaffirm the outstanding reputation of our airline and are a testament to Silk Way’s commitment to quality services, safety, reliability, and corporate compliance.

Having failed to substantiate its claims of illegal flights, the misinformation campaign then engaged in a libelous character assault on Silk Way Group President, Mr. Zaur Akhundov and questioned the financing of Silk Way’s fleet expansion.  The articles fabricated information about Mr. Akhundov’s professional credentials and experience, attempting to portray him as an unknown ‘mystery man’ who took control of the Silk Way brand.  In truth, however, Mr. Akhundov was critical to the founding of Silk Way, has been a leader of the Silk Way team from the beginning, and brings decades of valuable experience in developing the aviation industry in Azerbaijan. Mr. Akhundov has no ties to any government or political party.

Concerning the allegations related to the financing of Silk Way’s fleet expansion, our airline has cooperated transparently and as a result has built trusted partnership with many well-known international financing institutions, including notably, the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States.  The Ex-Im Bank is a federal agency with the primary policy of supporting the acquisition of U.S.-made products such as Boeing aircraft.  Before Silk Way legally obtained loans at the prevailing market rate which were backed by the Ex-Im Bank, the airline successfully passed all steps of compliance procedure, including due diligence reviews by the U.S. government.  Furthermore, the guarantee that Silk Way obtained from the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBAR), was required by the Ex-Im Bank as additional security and has been provided to our airline based on standard market terms and conditions, the airline’s rating, and without any privileges to Silk Way. In addition to the airline’s rigorous executive vetting processes, Silk Way upholds a vigilant ‘Know Your Customer’ protocol and strictly adheres to best international business practices, proactively vetting each prospective client for any potential risks or illegal activities. Silk Way’s history of corporate compliance has not only minimized risk, but also forged and strengthened business relationships across the globe. Any information to the contrary, including the inflated amount of Silk Way’s loan, is categorically false.

Silk Way’s trusted team, strong worldwide partnerships and ethical, safe operations will proudly continue delivering the best services the air cargo industry has to offer to the more than 50 destinations worldwide to which we operate.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silkway West Airlines) Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVB (msn 44444) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943624.

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Silk Way announces an order for 10 737 MAX 8s

The first Boeing 737 MAX 8

Silk Way and Boeing announced an order for 10 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The order, valued at $1.1 billion at current list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.


Azerbaijan-based Silk Way Group includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services including passenger and cargo airlines. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and three 747-8 Freighters.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 SSWL N8701Q (msn 42554) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 931526.

Silk Way Airlines signs a firm order for ten Antonov An-178 freighters after the successful first flight

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Silk Way Airlines (Baku) and Antonov on May 7, 2015 signed a contract for the delivery of 10 new An-178 freighters (below).

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According to Wikipedia, the Antonov An-178 is a short-range medium-airlift military transport aircraft designed by the Ukrainian Antonov company and based on the Antonov An-158 (An-148-200). The new type was announced on February 5, 2010 and was rolled out on April 16, 2015. The first flight was conducted successfully on May 7, 2015.

The An-178 is proposed to replace the Antonov An-12, Antonov An-26 and Antonov An-32.[

Interestingly the new An−178 is also equipped with a cargo ramp.

Currently Silk Way operates four Antonov An-12s along with the Ilyushin Il-76s and Il-76TD-90s.

Photo below: Antonov.

Antonov An-178 (Antonov)(LR)


Silk Way West Airlines and Boeing to finalize the purchase of three 747-8 freighters

Silk Way West Airlines (Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo) (formerly Silk Way Airlines) (Baku) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) have announced that the two companies are finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement for three 747-8 Freighter airplanes.

When finalized, the contract will be valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. The order will be posted on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

Silk Way West Airlines is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates seven Boeing airplanes, including two 767-300 Freighters, three 747-400 Freighters and two 747-8 Freighters.

Silk Way Airlines became Silk Way West Airlines on July 1, 2012.

Top Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/ (all others below by Silk Way West Airlines). Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVC (4K-SW882) (msn 44937) prepares to land at Paine Field. This freighter was delivered on August 29, 2014.

Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo 747-800F VQ-BVC (10)(Title) PAE (Silk Way)(LRW)

Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo 747-800F VQ-BVC (10)(Tail) PAE (Silk Way)(LRW)

Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo 747-800F VQ-BVB (10)(Grd) PAE (Silk Way)(LRW)

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Silk Way Airlines takes delivery of its first two Boeing 747-800F freighters

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) and Silk Way Airlines (Baku, Azerbaijan) today (August 28) celebrated the delivery of the airline’s two 747-83QF freighters. The first airplane (4K-SW881, msn 44444) was delivered last week and the second airplane (4K-SW882, msn 44937) was delivered today (August 28).

To date, Boeing has delivered 49 747-8 Freighters.

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/ Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVC (4K-SW882) lands after a test flight at Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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Silk Way Airlines orders two Boeing 747-8 Freighters

Silk Way Airlines (Baku, Azerbaijan) and Boeing today announced an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters valued at $704 million at current list prices.

Silk Way Airlines currently operates Boeing 747-400 Freighters (see above) and 767-300 Freighters. It is considered as one of the leading cargo airlines in Central Asia providing full-fledged services to Europe and the United Kingdom and the Middle East, as well as the Far East including Korea, China and Hong Kong. In addition, it also serves international destinations through a network of alliances.

Copyright Photo: OSDU/ Boeing 747-4R7F 4K-800 (msn 29729) prepares to land at Moscow (Shereyetyevo).

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Silk Way Airlines signs MOU for four Boeing 747-800F freighters

Silk Way Airlines (Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo) (Baku) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Boeing for four new Boeing 747-800F freighters according to

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Copyright Photo: OSDU. Silk Way currently operates three Boeing 747-400F freighters and two 767-300F freighters besides its Russian aircraft. Boeing 747-4R7F 4K-800 (msn 29729) completes its final approach into Moscow (Shereyetyevo).

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Silk Way Airlines to take delivery of its first Boeing 767-300F freighter

Silk Way Airlines (Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo) (Baku) is getting ready to accept its first Boeing 767-300F freighter. The new type also carries Internet sub-titles for new entity Silkway West Airlines (

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Newly-built Boeing 767-SW808 (msn 41068) completed its first flight on May 2 from Paine Field near Everett, WA.

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