SilkWay West Airlines Azerbaijan's global link



The airline's growing fleet consists of 5 Boeing 747- 8F, some owned and a few leased-in Boeing 747-400F aircraft. In its 2016 World Cargo Forecast, Boeing listed Silk Way West Airlines as the top carrier pursuing diverse cargo growth strategies in the world.

Silk Way West Airlines is Azerbaijan's all-cargo carrier, linking the country to the world with its regular and charter flights to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America via the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in the country's capital Baku.

The airline's growing fleet consists of 5 Boeing 747-8F, some owned and a few leased-in Boeing 747-400F aircraft. In its 2016 World Cargo Forecast, Boeing listed Silk Way West Airlines as the top carrier pursuing diverse cargo growth strategies in the world.

A subsidiary of Silk Way Group which had grown to 23 companies since it was formed in 2006, Silk Way West Airlines offers full-range cargo services, including ground handling, storage and charters to any parts of the world.


The company, which has an office in Dubai, home to the International Humanitarian City, the largest logistics hub in the Middle East, also transports international humanitarian aid for non government organizations as well as UN cargo intended for relief.

“ SilkWay West has extensive experience in areas not serviced by other airlines, such as Afghanistan and Iraq, in addition to regular flights on intercontinental routes that extend throughout Asia and Europe from our centrally located hub in Baku. We work with government and non- government organizations from all over the world to provide dedicated solutions to any request, no matter how complex,” the company stated on its website.

On  September  24,Silk Way West Airlines launched its first flight out of Hong Kong to Chicago, via a fully loaded Boeing 747-8F plane, the first of the many new routes it plans to open to further grow its network. A second trans-Pacific flight is also being mulled.

Accelerating reforms to improve the environment for private sector development after the fall of oil prices and cracks in the financial sector globally in recent years prompts the Azerbaijan government to heavily invest on its aviation and allied industries.

The oil-and-gas rich Azerbaijan ranks 3 7 th in the 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Index scoring high on macroeconomics, education and healthcare reforms.

Azerbaijan launched last month Buta Airways, the  country's  first  budget airline established under the Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC (AZAL), designed to help spruce up Baku's tourism industry.

The government ordered eight Embraer 190 aircraft for Buta Airways which will fly from Baku to Moscow, Kyiv, Antalya, Kazan, Mineralnye Vody, Tbilisi and Tehran. The maiden flight commenced on September 1 and routes to Istanbul and St. Petersburg and from Ganja have been planned. The minimum tariff will be Euro 29 for the one-wayticket for all flights.

The country's flag carrier, Azerbaijan Airlines, separately flies to more than 20 cities in 13 countries and is considered one of the leaders in the region.

On the cargo side, the government has also poured in support an d investments to Silk Way West Airlines, a leader in scheduled and charter cargo flights with a route network to more than 50 destinations worldwide

“Our government gives aviation and cargo the highest priorities. As a small nation, this is very important in economic stability. Without the big  support of the Azer baijan government, we will never be able to achieve what we have in the past few years. Today, we have one of the biggest fleet in the region with the highest capacity,” said Kamran Gasimov, chief executive officer of Silk Way West Airlines.

The global aviation and air freight industries, in general, have warmed up with Silk Way West Airlines, thanks to its good track record in providing reliable and fast delivery services.

SilkWay West Airlines also boasts of modern cargo terminal facilities through  the  International  Logistics Center (ICT) spread over 12,800 square meters of land at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.

ICT has a 30-ton and 14-ton scales allowing it to store 2,200 ton or 5,800 cubic meters of palletized cargo. The total cargo capacity of the center is 1,200 tons or 7,000 cubic meters per day, or 430,000 tons or 2.5 million cubic meters peryear.

The only one in the South Caucasus, ILC can store and process all kinds of perishables, plants, animals and pharmaceuticals included, that require temperatures from -18 to +20 degrees.