The latest Boeing 747-8 freighter – the fifth such aircraft – to join the fleet of Baku-headquartered Silk Way West Airlines was only flown from the Boeing Plant in Everett, Washington state, to the Azerbaijani capital on April 2.
But it will be quickly put into service. On April 20 in fact, as Silky Way West launches a second scheduled weekly flight to the US’s Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Silk Way West’s customers will now have the options of a New York JFK connection on day 3, an O’Hare link on day 4 or O’Hare on day 7.
The cargo carrier has also announced the addition of four new destinations to its network.
New services to soon launch to Kuwait City, Djibouti, Nairobi and Dammam will represent the carrier’s “increasing reach and commitment to success in both the Africa and Middle East markets”, a statement said.
Service to Kuwait City is set to begin on April 23 and will operate weekly on day 1.
Flights to Djibouti and Nairobi will launch on April 16, with a scheduled service on day 7.
The Dammam link is scheduled to begin in May and to operate on day 6.
Plus, Silk Way West has added further frequencies to its Bagram (Afghanistan), Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Dubai World Central connections.
An extra service to Bagram is now being flown on day 6.
An additional weekly service to Tel Aviv is now operated on day 5.
A further weekly frequency has been added to the Istanbul link on day 6.
And Dubai World Central is also now being served on day 7.
As well as its five B747-8Fs, Silk Way West also operates two B747-400 freighters.
It plans further expansion of its scheduled services and global network, Silk Way West confirms.
The carrier is based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku.