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Silk Way Airlines expands fleet, actively develops and strengthens business relations with both US private companies and public sector since 2005

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An official ceremony of arrival of a new Boeing 747-8F aircraft, which belongs to the Azerbaijani cargo airline Silk Way Airlines, was held at Heydar Aliyev International Airport on April 7.

President of CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines Jahangir Asgarov, President of Silk Way Holding Zaur Akhundov, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the United States to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta, Economic Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy Carter Wilbur and others attended the event.

The aircraft became already the tenth aircraft of the Boeing type for Silk Way Airlines and the fifth Boeing 747-8F, which will be operated by the airline.

Thus, the arrival of the aircraft marked the successful completion of the first phase of a large-scale cooperation program between Silk Way Airlines and Boeing Corporation.

The total cost of purchased aircrafts under the program amounted to about 1 billion US dollars, which is the largest project in the history of Azerbaijani private enterprises’ development and activity.

Silk Way Airlines actively develops and strengthens business relations with both US private companies and public sector since 2005.

Silk Way Airlines is one of the air carriers recognized and certified by the appropriate US authorities.

Close cooperation with US TRANSCOM (the United States Transportation Command) allowed the airline to carry out transportation orders on all important destinations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The delivery of the new aircraft will enable Silk Way Airlines to expand the geography of flights, increase the volume of the cargo transported, and cover new segments of the air transportation market. This will also allow the airline to reduce the operating costs of the aggregate fleet of aircrafts and, as a result, to increase the profitability as a whole.

With the expansion of the fleet of aircrafts, Silk Way Airlines plans to open new flights to Tokyo, Djibouti, Nairobi and Dhaka along with the existing direct regular cargo flights from Azerbaijani capital to the cities of New York, Chicago, Milan, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Over the past 10 years, the Heydar Aliyev International Airport has become a major air cargo logistic center. Today, Azerbaijan’s civil aviation has announced itself as the official air carrier of the Great Silk Road project connecting East and West.

Purchasing of new wide-body long-haul Boeing 747-8F aircrafts, well-established in the freight market, is an important part of the implementation of this strategy.

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Azerbaijan and the U.S. intend to liberalize the air transport market with a view to simplify the process of organizing flights between the two countries

Azerbaijan and the U.S. intend to liberalize the air transport market with a view to simplify the process of organizing flights between the two countries.

President of Azerbaijan Airlines Jahangir Asgarov and U.S. Ambassador to Baku Robert Cekuta signed an Open Skies Agreement for liberalization of air transport, which will also contribute to increasing the number of commercial flights between the two states.

Open Skies Agreement envisages elimination of state interference in commercial decisions about the airlines’ routes and pricing, which enables operators to provide more accessible and efficient services for passenger and cargo services.

Earlier, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ranked the country the highest level of security – “A” category due to the improvement of the regulatory framework of Azerbaijan civil aviation.

This enabled the launch of direct flights between the two countries. Regular AZAL flights from Baku to New York have run since September 23, 2014 twice a week by Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner modern aircraft.

Direct flights to New York have become the first flight from South Caucasus to North America, which strengthened the status of AZAL as a regional leader in the air passenger transportation.

Azerbaijan Airlines is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of CIS countries. AZAL with the newest airplane fleets, consisting of 25 airplanes, does not have a single old plane.

The total route network of AZAL, one of the aviation community leaders in the CIS area, includes 40 destinations in 19 countries.

Being an important member of the International Civil Aviation Organization Council, for its services AZAL received a prestigious “4 Stars” from the leader in air transport research, the world-famous British consulting company Skytrax last June.

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Azerbaijan, U.S. discuss expanding cooperation in aviation

AzalAzerbaijan, U.S. discuss cooperation in aviation.

The ways of expanding the Azerbaijani-American cooperation in the aviation sector were discussed in Baku on November 20, as AZAL President Jahangir Asgarov met Deputy Assistant of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Michael Lally.

The meeting, held as part of the American delegation’s visit to Baku , gave brief information about the aviation development in Azerbaijan, as well as expansion of the network of AZAL’s international flights and network of Azerbaijani cargo carrier.

The two sides agreed on the exchange of experience in the civil aviation field for the further strengthening of cooperation in this field, as well as to conduct joint training.

Lally addressed the event, reminding about his last visit to Baku 12 years ago. He did not hide his pleasant surprise of the changes that have been occurred in the capital during this period, in particular, in the field of civil aviation.

“You have built a magnificent terminal. Baku Airport is the only airport in the region, having a “non-stop” service, allowing to implement transatlantic flight. I am proud of your achievements,” he said.

Azerbaijan Airlines is a major air carrier and one of the leaders of the aviation community of the CIS countries, with the newest airplane fleets, consisting of 25 airplanes.

The deputy assistant also congratulated AZAL for the new fleet, consisting of aircrafts that meet all safety requirements. He further praised the purchase of the most modern “Boeing-787-8” Dreamliner, flying between Baku and New York.

Of note, Baku-New York-Baku flights are scheduled twice a week on Mondays and Saturdays, departing from Baku at 06:00 (local time) and arriving in New York at 09:30 (local time). Departures from New York to Baku are carried out on the same days of the week at 11:30 (local time).

Azerbaijani civil aviation aircraft fully meet the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and AZAL is a member of the most prestigious civil aviation association – the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

This June, AZAL received a prestigious “4 Stars” from the leader in air transport research, the world-famous British consulting company Skytrax.

Within the Azerbaijani-USA business forum, held in the capital on November 19, representatives of 15 U.S. companies operating in various spheres came to Azerbaijan, where they held very constructive meetings.

Azerbaijan enjoys being America’s largest trade partner in the South Caucasus and has successfully pursued major mutually beneficial trade deals. Trade with Azerbaijan helps to support more than 11,000 jobs throughout the U.S..

The State Statistical Committee reports that trade turnover between the U.S. and Azerbaijan stood at $1.06 billion in ten months of this year.

The import of goods from the U.S. to Azerbaijan has increased by 60.19 percent this year compared to January-October 2014 and stood at $743.58 million.

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