Monday, January 23, 2012

World Airways and Silk Way Airlines Complete Teaming Agreement for Outsized US Military Cargo

New Arrangements for Heavy Shipments
Shipping News Feature

USA / AZERBAIJAN – World Airways and Silk Way Airlines have completed a teaming agreement to provide outsized air freight service to the U.S. military. The agreement provides freight services beginning in January utilizing Silk Way’s IL-76 aircraft. The new service complements World Airways operations for the US Military that it has been operating since 1955.

“Silk Way’s experience and expertise in handling outsized cargo, especially to non-traditional destinations, is a great addition to our military support program,” said Rob Binns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global Aviation Holdings, World’s parent company.

“We are pleased to be teaming with them for this critical cargo service,” he added.

Baku-based Silk Way has already established itself as a specialist charter freight operator to central Asia and currently operates a fleet of nine Ilyushin-76 aircraft, three Antonov AN-12s and two Boeing 747-400 freighters to more than 50 destinations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Iraq and West Kazakhstan.

“World Airways complements Silk Way’s capabilities given its many years of experience dealing with the U.S. Military,” said Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Airlines.

“We are looking forward to offering additional services to the U.S. military that are naturally complementary to [Global’s] and Silk Way’s existing routes as well as the natural advantages offered by the Baku hub.”