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Airlines

Name: SILK WAY AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: AZQ
Status: Operational
Region: CIS
City: BAKU
Country: AZERBAIJAN
Employees 270
Web: silkwayairlines.com
Email: silkwayltd@silkwayltd.com
Telephone: +994 (12) 493 38 60
Fax: +994 (12) 493 38 59
Sita: BAKEU8X
Background
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Formed in 2001 and started operations in 2002. Domestic, regional & international, charter, cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
96 Nizami Street, Landmark Bldg
370000 Baku, Azerbaijan

Address:
Heydar Aliyev International Airport
AZ1044, Baku, Azerbaijan

Address:
Baku International Airport
AZ1109, Baku, Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN (REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1991, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 86,600 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 7.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BAKU, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS AZERI.

November 2009: 747-4R7F (29732, LX-PCV - - SEE PHOTO - - "AZQ-747-4R7F-2009-12"), Cargolux (CLX) wet-leased to Silk Way Airlines (AZQ).

December 2009: Employees = 270.

(IATA) Code: ZP - 463. (ICAO) Code: AZQ (Callsign - SILK LINE).

Main Base: Baku Geidar Aliev International airport (BAK).

747-4R7F (29729, LX-MCV; 29730, LX-NCV), Cargolux (CLX) wet-leased.

October 2010: 747-4R7F (29729, 4K-800), bought from Cargolux (CLX), ex-(LX-MCV) - - SEE PHOTO - - "AZQ-747-4R7F-2010-10."

April 2011: Architectural firm "Woods Bagot" has been awarded a contract to build a brand new terminal at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Together with "Buro Happold," it will also rebuild and extend the airport's main facilities. This includes an air traffic control (ATC) tower, and the Presidential building as well as re-configuring and refurbishing the existing terminal.

August 2011: Silk Way Airlines (AZQ)'s own ex-Cargolux (CLX) 747-4R7F freighter (29729, 4X-800) is mainly operating Luxembourg - Baku - Shanghai Pu Dong services.

July 2012: 747-4R7F (29732) re-registered from (LX-PCV) to (4K-SW008). 2 767-32LFs (41068, 4K-SW808; 41069, 4K-SW880), wet-leased to Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY).

July 2013: Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) has ordered 2 Boeing 747-8Fs valued at $704 million at current list prices. The order is part of (AZQ)’s fleet expansion plans as it “continues to increase its regional and international footprint,” (AZQ) President Zaur Akhundov said.

Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) currently operates Boeing 747-400F Freighters and 767-300F 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.

“One of the goals of the Azerbaijani government is to continue building Baku’s strategic positioning as a trade hub,” said Jahangir Askerov, President Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY), and architect of the country’s present day civil aviation industry. “The addition of the new 747-8F Freighters will enable (AZQ) to expand its operations and help the government achieve its objective.”

The new 747-8F Freighter gives cargo operators the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large freighter airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance. It is optimized to provide greater revenue cargo-carrying capability than the 747-400, offering +16% more cargo volume, while keeping its iconic nose door. With >150,000 hours in service, the 747-8F Freighters are achieving performance milestones with customers reporting +1% better fuel burn than expected. To date, Boeing (TBC) has delivered 36 747-8Fs.

November 2013: Silk Way West Airlines (AZQ) has been awarded by (GEC) its "TRUEngine" designation for 8 (GEnx-2B)s that will power its fleet of 2 Boeing 747-8Fs slated for delivery in 2014.

August 2014: Boeing and Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) celebrated the delivery of (AZQ)’s 2 747-8F Freighters. Both new 747-8Fs will bring new levels of efficiency to the Baku, Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier.

“We strive to be a successful and profitable cargo operator by investing in our fleet and our services, and by continuing to increase our regional and international footprint,” said Zaur Akhundov, President SW Holding, parent company of (AZQ). “The delivery of our new 747-8Fs is a sound step forward in that direction.”

Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) is considered as 1 of the leading cargo carriers in the region, providing full-fledged services to Europe, the United Kingdom and Middle East, as well as the Far East including South Korea, China, and Hong Kong. In addition, (AZQ) also serves international destinations through a network of alliances, operating 747-400F Freighters and 767-300F Freighters.

August 2014: 2 747-83QFs (44444, VQ-BVB; 44937, VQ-BVC), ex-(N937BA; & N807BA), deliveries.

December 2014: Silk Way Airlines ((IATA) Code: ZP, based at Baku) (AZQ) has placed a firm order with Boeing (TBC) for +3 more 747-8Fs the official "Azernews" press agency has reported. The Azerbaijani operator had originally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Americans for 4 freighters in early 2013, firming only 2 of them initially.

The agreement, which was signed in Baku on December 24, will see the 747-8Fs delivered over the course of this year and next.

The freighters will be placed with subsidiary Silk Way West Airlines ((IATA) Code: 7L, based at Baku), where they will join 2 other airplanes of the same type, 3 747-400Fs, and 2 767-300Fs.

Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) currently serves 2 countries, 12 destinations, 12 routes and 6 daily flights.

January 2015: News Item A-1: Boeing (TBC) announced it is finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement with Azerbaijan-based cargo carrier Silk Way West (AZQ) for 3 747-8F freighters. “When finalized, the contract will be valued at >$1.1 billion at current list prices,” Boeing (TBC) said.

Silk Way West (AZQ) is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services. The airline currently operates 7 Boeing airplanes, including 2 767-300Fs, 3 747-400Fs and 2 747-8Fs.

News Item A-2: 747-4R7F (29729, I-SWIA), ex-(4W-SW800) delivered to Silk Way Italia.

March 2015: Azerbaijan-based, Silk Way West (AZQ) has ordered 3 Boeing 747-8F freighters, valued at >$1.1 billion at current list prices. The 2 companies announced in January they were finalizing terms and working toward a purchase agreement.

“(AZQ)’s success and profitability as a cargo operator is a direct result of investing in its fleet and services and growing its regional and international footprint,” said Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Group of Companies. “I am confident we will maintain our rate of growth, supported by 3 new Boeing 747-8F freighters.”

Silk Way West (AZQ) is an enterprise of the Silk Way Group, which includes 23 companies working in the aviation industry and related services.

(AZQ) currently operates 7 Boeing airplanes, including 2 767-300Fs, 3 747-400Fs and 2 747-8Fs.

July 2015: INCDT: Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) 747-4R7F (RB211-524G/H-7) (1203-29730, /99 4K-SW888) made an emergency landing at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) after one of its Rolls-Royce (RRC) engines appeared to fail immediately after takeoff.

The 747-4R7F had just been released from a "D" check overhaul at the airport's (HAECO) maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) facility. It was undergoing a test and check flight following the (MRO) operation and had was at about 500 feet, when one of its inboard (RB211) engines appeared to have experienced a power surge.

“The pilots (FC) immediately canceled the test flight, returned to the airport and landed safely,” (AZQ) reported.

Reports indicate the (HKIA) airport control tower recorded "the airplane's number 3 engine was on fire." The crew (FC) continued to climb out to 5,500 feet to stabilize the airplane, then made the emergency landing some 10 minutes after initial takeoff.

No damage was detected on the airplane, but the suspect engine was removed and will be replaced.

Azerbaijan-based Silk Way (AZQ) said an investigation was underway.

February 2016: "An-178 Puts New Engines Through Paces" by Tom Zaitsev, Flight International, February 16, 2016.

Antonov (ADB) has started flight testing its developmental An-178 with modified Ivchenko Progress D-436 engines.

The high wing aircraft (a derivative of the An-148 regional airliner) flew a 1st sortie with the (D-436-148FN) turbofan on February 5th.

Ground tests of the powerplant had previously been completed at a facility in Zaporozhye, Ukraine.

The (D-436-148FM)'s thrust has been uprated by +6.7% to 15,500 lb thrust (68.8kN) for the take-off phase. Another pre-production An-178 is undergoing rig-based fatigue trials at (ADB), the Ukrainian airframer's Kiev facility.

Antonov (ADB) has secured preliminary orders for 30 of the type from Saudi Arabia's military and a further 10 from Azerbaijani cargo carrier, Silk Way West Airlines (AZQ).

May 2016: Azerbaijan’s Baku-based Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) has confirmed its Antonov An-12 freighter crashed on May 18 at 1430 local time, in southern Afghanistan.

According to (AZQ)’s statement, 7 out of 9 crew members were killed. 2 technicians (MT), both Ukrainian citizens, survived. It was reported the aircraft was rented out, but the carrier did not confirm details.

The An-12 arrived at Dwyer Airport in Helmand province from Bagram and had planned to continue to Mary International Airport in Turkmenistan for refueling. There was no cargo on board.

Azerbaijan’s Civil Aviation Committee has begun an investigation.

Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) is a cargo carrier; it is part of the group with the same name. Its network includes up to 50 destinations; its fleet consists of An-12s, Ilyushin Il-76TDs and Boeing 747-8Fs.

October 2016: Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) acquired ex-Cathay Pacific (CAT) 747-467F (32571) from Boeing Capital for lease to Sky Gates Airlines, Moscow.

January 2017: 747-4R7F (29730, I-SWIB), ex-(4K-SW88).

March 2017: 1 747-8F delivery.

April 2017: "Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Group Orders 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s"
by (ATW) Mark Nensel mark.nensel@penton.com, April 14, 2017.

Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) was identified April 14 as the customer behind an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s originally announced at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2016. The order was originally listed as coming from an unidentified customer. The total value of the transaction is $1.1 billion at list prices.

Baku-based the Silk Way Group is the parent of 23 companies, mostly aviation-related. Among its 2 air cargo carrier subsidiaries Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) and Silk Way West Airlines, the company operates 3 747-400F freighters, 3 747-8F freighters and 2 767-300F freighters.

"Silk Way (AZQ)’s profitability is a direct result of investing in its fleet and services and growing its regional and international footprint," Silk Way Group President Zaur Akhundov said. “We will maintain our rate of growth supported by [these] 10 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes."

October 2017: News Item A-1: Azerbaijan’s 2 largest airlines will buy another 6 Boeing airplanes by the end of 2017, the USA Embassy of Azerbaijan has announced.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (AHY) plans to sign a contract to buy 4 787s, while Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) will acquire +2 more 747-8F freighters. These new purchases are (AHY)’s 4th major investment in Boeing airplanes since 2015.

Azerbaijan USA Ambassador Elin Suleymanov said the order will mark “the latest investment by our country in American-made products, the American economy and in American workers.”

In 2015, (AZAL) (AHY): — Azerbaijan’s flagship carrier and largest airline, acquired its 1st 787, assembled at Boeing’s Charleston, South Carolina plant, which employs 7,500 workers.

In April of this year, Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) purchased 10 new 737 MAX 8 airplanes to be built at the Boeing’s assembly plant in Renton, Washington, which employs >12,000 workers. These airplanes will begin flying in 2018.

In 2015, Silk Way purchased 3 Boeing 747-8Fs manufactured at Boeing’s Everett, Washington, plant, home to 30,000 employees.

Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY) and Silk Way Airlines (AZQ) operate direct passenger and cargo flights between Baku and New York, as well as direct cargo flights between Baku and Chicago.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
AZQ-747-4R7F - 2011-12
AZQ-747-4R7F-2010-10
AZQ-747-4R7F-CLX LSD
AZQ-747-8F - 2013-07
AZQ-IL-76TD - 2014-11

November 2017:

10 ORDERS (2018-02) 737 MAX 8:

1 747-467F (RB211-524G/H-T) (1271-32571, /01 B-HUO), EX-CATHAY PACIFIC (CAT) 2016-10 FOR LEASE TO SKY GATES AIRLINES, MOSCOW.

2 747-4R7F (SCD) (RB211-524G/H-7) (1189-29729, /98 4X-800, 2010-10; 1231-29732, /99 4K-SW808 - - SEE PHOTO - - "AZQ-747-4R7F-2009-12"), (CLX) WET-LSD 2009-12. 29729; BF (CLX) 2010-10. FREIGHTER.

1 747-4R7F (SCD) (RB211-524G/H-7) (1203-29730, /99 I-SWIB), EX-(4K-SW888); OPERATING IN 2017 AS SILK WAY ITALIA. FREIGHTER.

5 +2 ORDERS 747-8F (GEnx-2B) (44444, VQ-BVB; 44937, VQ-BVC), ex-(N937BA; & N807BA) (2014-08). FREIGHTER.

2 767-32LF (41068, 4K-SW808; 41069, 4K-SW880), WET-LST (AHY) 2012-07. FREIGHTERS.

2 DC-8-62F (JT3D-7 HK) (319-45920, /68 4K-AZ25; 481-46065, /69 4K-AZ29), AVIATION LEASING LSD 2003-04, FREIGHTER.

0 AN-12 (AI-20M) CRASHED MAY 18, 2016. FREIGHTER.

3 AN-12BP (AI-20M) (5343510, /65 4K-AZ60; 8345605, /68 4K-AZ23; 346308, /69 4K-AZ18), FREIGHTER.

10 ORDERS AN-178 (D-436) freighter.

7 IL-76TD (D-30KP-2) (0053460820, /85 4K-AZ19; 1013405184, /91 4K-AZ31; 1023412411, /92 4K-AZ61; 1033416525, /95 4K-AZ26; 10434 19632, /94 4K-AZ40; 1093420673, /99 4K-AZ41; 2053420680, /05 4K-AZ55), FREIGHTER.

1 IL-76TD-90 (PS-90A-76) (2073421708, /07 4K-AZ100), FREIGHTER.

1 GULFSTREAM G-111 (SPEY 511-8), CORPORATE JET.

Management:
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CAPTAIN SHAMSADDIN MIRSALAYEV, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ZAUR AKHUNDOV, PRESIDENT, SW HOLDING, PARENT COMPANY OF SILK WAY AIRLINES.

RAHIM ISLAMOV, GENERAL DIRECTOR TECHNICAL (r.islamov@silkwayltd.com.

MUSTAFA AZIMOV, DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL (m.azimov@silkwayltd.com).

TATYANA DOROKHINA, DIRECTOR FINANCIAL (tatyana.d@silkwayltd.com).

AFET HASANOVA, DIRECTOR FINANCE.

RAUF AKHUNDOV, MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS (r.akhundov@silkwayltd.com).

ELVIRA AKMANOVA, MANAGER MARKETING & CONTRACTS (elvira.a@silkwayltd.com).

NAIDA EFENDIYEVA, MANAGER MARKETING & CONTRACTS (naidaefendiyeva@silkwayltd.com).

RAUF ALIYEV, HEAD PLANNING & FLIGHT OPERATIONS (rauf_aliyev@silkwayltd.com).

FARHAD AMIROV, CHIEF QUALITY INSPECTOR.

IGOR FURGAL, CHIEF ENGINEER.

ENVER KURBANOV, CHIEF INSPECTOR FLIGHT SAFETY.

 
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