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Silk Way West Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of two A350 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, attended by Mr. Wolfgang Meier, President of Silk Way West Airlines and Mr. Wouter Van Wersch, Executive Vice President Region and Sales Europe Airbus. The investment marks a further step in Silk Way West Airlines’ expansion of its international network to meet growing demand for cargo transportation.

This is the first order for A350F in the Central Asia and CIS region. The A350F is based on the world’s most modern long-range aircraft, the A350. As new member of the A350 family, the A350F benefits from state-of-the art technology, aerodynamics and unrivaled operational flexibility and reliability.

The aircraft will feature a large main deck cargo door and a fuselage length optimized for cargo operations. Over 70% of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting in a take-off weight reduction of 30 tons, which together with an optimized and modern cargo loading system and a 109-tonne payload capability serves all types of freight. Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, the A350F is in the large category of new-generation freighter aircraft, and generates lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions. As one of the world’s most efficient and environmentally friendly freighters, these latest additions to the Silk Way West fleet will contribute to the airline’s sustainability goals.

“We are delighted to sign the first but surely not the last agreement with Airbus, which marks the start of what I am sure will be a very fruitful partnership as we strive for future growth. Today, our guests witnessed a defining moment in Silk Way West Airlines’ history. I am confident of the success that the acquisition of these new aircraft will bring us, and the signing of this agreement marks a new milestone in the growth of our company. There is no doubt that this partnership will strengthen the company’s leading position in the global air freight market over the next 15-20 years,” said Mr. Wolfgang Meier, President of Silk Way West Airlines.

The deal marks a further step in Silk Way West Airlines’ ambition to broaden its footprint on the global cargo market and strengthen its leadership in the region.


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GFS is the exclusive GSA for Silk Way West Airlines.



Silk Way West Airlines, a member of the Silk Way Group and the largest cargo airline in Europe serving a network of scheduled and charter destinations worldwide, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Silk Way West Airlines plays a key role in Azerbaijan’s growing economy and regional leadership. The young company demonstrated its potential from the very beginning; the inaugural Silk Way West Airlines cargo flight was operated by a Boeing 747-400F on the Baku – Frankfurt-Hahn route in July 2012.

Today, Silk Way West Airlines offers effective solutions in many areas of cargo transportation. The company’s staff currently consists of more than 1,000 professionals with valuable experience and knowledge recognized by IATA and IOSA certificates.

In order to meet the growing demand in the global air transportation market, Silk Way West Airlines intends to further expand its fleet and global route network to strengthen its leading role in the CIS countries, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe and America.

As part of its growth strategy, the airline also plans to meet customer expectations by developing its cargo hub located at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, which is unrivaled not only in terms of its unique geographical location, connecting East and West, but also in its world-class flexibility and quality of service.

“Today, we celebrate 10 years of growth and success at Silk Way West Airlines. I am very proud of all that the airline has achieved in such a short time. To all our loyal customers and partners, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude. I trust we will continue to fly higher and faster towards achieving our mission to become one of the leading cargo airlines in the world”, said Silk Way West Airlines President Mr. Wolfgang Meier.


Original content from Silk Way West Airlines.

GFS is the exclusive GSA for Silk Way West Airlines.



Silk Way West Airlines expands its US network by adding regular services to and from Dallas Fort Worth, the second major freight hub in the country to be served by scheduled services alongside Chicago O’Hare. In addition to the Dallas and Chicago routes, Silk Way West Airlines operates charter flights to Rockford Illinois, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and Rickenbacker airports.

Silk Way West Airlines has chosen Dallas, one of the key gateway locations in the US, as an additional hub facility. Conveniently located along several major highways, Dallas is ideally positioned to allow the airline to meet strong demand from consumer goods, high-tech and oil and gas cargo for inbound and outbound transportation. This major city is a strategic distribution center for the region, making it the perfect base for Silk Way West Airlines to serve US freight traffic.

Commenting on the new service, President of Silk Way West Airlines Wolfgang Meier said: “Silk Way West Airlines continues to build on our recent competitive success and favorable market conditions by creating more options for direct freight services between North America, Asia and Europe, allowing our valued customers greater flexibility in scheduling and efficiently transporting their freight across the globe. In addition to adding services to the US, we are also expanding our wider global network to include new destinations such as Hanoi and Bangkok in Asia and East Midlands in Europe.”

Original content from Silk Way West Airlines.

GFS is the exclusive GSA for Silk Way West Airlines.



COVID lockdowns, military conflicts, fuel prices, trucking shortages, cargo capacity issues, supply chain interruptions…it sure feels like we have had a buffet of all-you-can-eat problems these last couple of years. Sometimes it seems that one issue leads to another, into another, into another, and so on. As industry professionals, it really requires us to stay on our feet and adapt at a moment’s notice or risk shuttering the doors. As a cargo airline, we have really been tested during these periods and have truly made the best of what could have been a very devastating situation.

Geopolitical Challenges

From the early 2010’s up to just a year ago, GFS and Silk Way were heavily invested in supporting various governmental, diplomatic, NGO, and private business movements in and out of Afghanistan. During that period, we operated 3-4 flights weekly and moved millions of tons of goods a year. So, when this lane was abruptly shut down, it represented a massive blow to yearly revenue. Thanks to forethought and planning, the leadership pivoted quickly and opened new lanes to India, Vietnam, and Thailand.
Today, we are faced with the war in Ukraine that brings up an all too familiar set of challenges.

With Russia being sanctioned by nearly every western country, air space closures, and an active war zone, we were forced to suspend service to Ukraine and Russia. While this too represented a revenue decline, leadership was quick to react and refocus that capacity to offer more charter availabilities which have proven to be quite successful.

Fuel Prices

The subject of fuel prices around the globe has become one of the biggest hot-button political issues. Regardless of where you stand politically or what you believe to be the cause of the sharp increases in the price of fuel, one thing stands certain for all consumers…it is painful. You don’t really need an advanced degree in economics to understand how high fuel prices affect the price of nearly every commodity across the globe.

Specifically, in the air cargo industry, we are caught in a very tough position. Our planes won’t fly without fuel…if we can’t pay for the fuel then we can’t fly…if we aren’t flying then we aren’t making money to pay for fuel. At the beginning of every week, the fuel surcharge is announced based on a 2-week average of price per barrel of oil. In an effort to remain transparent, we send out an email blast and post the current FSC on our website. At GFS and SWW, we have tried our best to limit the impact of fuel increases by being flexible with our rates to help our customers win the business while maintaining profitability.


Unless you have been living under a rock or on a remote uninhabited island, there is little to no chance the COVID-19 pandemic has not affected you in some way. In the aviation industry, we saw passenger flights canceled at a rate never seen before. That then leads to a massive reduction in lower-deck cargo capacity, which then leads to a massive surge in freighter capacity demand. While that demand did lead to opportunities for new business, it also led to a spike in per kilo rates due to supply and demand and extended transit times to many popular destinations.

In addition to consistently full flights, GFS and Silk Way operated numerous charter flights moving various medical supplies, PPE, test kits, and vaccines. This in turn highlighted the need to be able to offer customers Pharma and temperature control solutions on scheduled commercial operations. Again, leadership recognized this early and immediately began the process of training, equipping, and certifying the airline for the transportation of medical products for human use. In June 2021, Silk Way became GDP Certified for Pharma and Temp Control Products and began offering this as a viable service.


While the pandemic did present many challenges and opportunities, it seems that one of the most significant issues we are still facing is lockdowns. In short, when one of the busiest global hubs of commerce and logistics is shut down (i.e., China) it creates a domino effect that reverberates throughout the world and actively disrupts the global supply chain. We saw this actively affecting the global market during the beginning of the pandemic, but stress somewhat subsided as businesses, logistic companies, and governments adapted and created strategies to deal with the “new normal”.

Lately, however, in China’s effort to become COVID-ZERO, extended strict lockdowns have essentially shut down manufacturing and limited movement into and out of major Chinese logistical ports. In addition to severely reducing export goods normally filling outbound flights, these lockdowns also limit the manpower necessary to conduct normal flight operations into the country. The combination of these devastating factors has led to several canceled inbound flights to the U.S. that normally carried these goods and created a situation where outbound capacity is very limited.

GFS Strategy for Limited Capacity

Over the last 3 years, we have been challenged at every turn to be inventive and proactive in our approach to tackling these issues. We have worked diligently with our customers to provide effective solutions that address their air transport needs. As we move into the future, we remain committed to offering the very best customer service at the very best rates possible and discovering the best possible strategy for demanding logistics requirements.

Given the lack of capacity caused by limited inbound flights, we are finding that priority/guaranteed first-flight-out service at an affordable rate is becoming one of, if not the, most sought-after product. On any given flight there are upwards of 150-200 different AWBs, and after space is given to priority bookings and/or part charters, many times freight is rebooked or rolled to another flight due to space. As such, we would like to start working with customers to create Block Space Agreements (BSA) that would guarantee space at a contract rate. Essentially this gives the customer priority service at a deeply discounted rate, guarantees space, and insulates from extreme fuel price swings. In the past, the very thought of a BSA has turned customers away almost immediately. Understanding this, we are eager to work with interested customers to find an appropriate solution that meets their needs and is not punitive in nature.

As always, our team is standing by to answer questions, provide the best rate possible, and book your next shipment. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time and be sure to visit our website at for more information about our company and other helpful resources.


Silk Way West Airlines has continued to expand its scheduled network with the addition of two new North American routes.

The Baku-hubbed freighter operator has this month started a new weekly service from Baku to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) utilizing one of its B747-400 freighters.

The service is operated in conjunction with Crane Worldwide Logistics and will include 80 inbound and 80 outbound flights this year.

The new operations, at the north end of the airport where FexEx also operates, will contribute to around 14,400 tons of cargo at CVG.

Planes arriving from Asia and Europe will land once a week until the summer months, at which time activity will ramp up to two flights a week.

Tracking site FlightRadar 24 shows that the aircraft most recently operated on a route of Baku-Luxembourg-CVG.

The new route comes just days after the carrier added a weekly service from Baku to Dallas Fort Worth via Asia.

This new service also operates using a B747-400F aircraft and according to FlightRadar 24 the latest flight operated on a Baku-Hanoi-Seoul-Anchorage-Dallas-Frankfurt route.

The carrier in 2020 operated flights to Dallas as part of a service that also included Chicago.

In the US, Silk Way West is represented by its general sales agent, Global Feeder Services.

Original content from Air Cargo News.

GFS is the exclusive GSA for Silk Way West Airlines.


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