Silk Way West Airlines has maintained its high level of performance during the COVID-19 pandemic, fully meeting international flight safety standards throughout this period of increased air cargo demand. A member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) since 2015, Silk Way West Airlines successfully passed the latest audit procedure and once again confirmed its compliance with IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) standards. According to the results of the inspection, held online for the first time, Silk Way West Airlines proved for the fourth time that it meets all international safety requirements for air cargo.
The IOSA audit program includes hundreds of required standards and recommended procedures in several areas, including ground handling, cargo and flight operations, as well as maintenance services and air traffic safety.
"Complying with international safety standards and meeting the expectations of our customers are our top priorities. Guided by the highest operational standards, Silk Way West Airlines has once again justified the trust of its customers with the extension of IOSA certification", said Wolfgang Meier, President of Silk Way West Airlines.
Founded in 2012 in Baku, at the heart of the Silk Road, Silk Way West Airlines is the largest cargo airline in the Caspian Sea region. Based at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, the airline operates around 350 monthly flights across Europe, Asia, and the Americas via its fleet of 12 dedicated Boeing 747-8F and Boeing 747-400F freighter aircraft. On April 28, 2021 Silk Way West Airlines signed a strategic fleet expansion agreement with Boeing for five state-of-the-art 777 Freighters. The airline's annual cargo turnover exceeds 420,000 tons, while its growing route network covers over 40 destinations across Europe, the CIS, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Asia.
South Korea's Incheon Airport honored Silk Way West Airlines with the prestigious 'Cargo Airline of the Year 2020' award.