Azerbaijan’s Silk Way West Airlines is set to begin a new twice-weekly service to and from Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT), alongside partner Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), from 11 February.
Based on an agreement signed between Silk Way West and Nippon Cargo, both partners will operate a code-share service connecting Baku with Tokyo. Through regular direct flights, cargo will be delivered from Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) to Narita International Airport, Japan’s biggest international cargo gateway.
Silk Way West Airlines has been serving the Japanese air cargo market since 2018, with weekly flights connecting Baku with Osaka Kansai (KIX) airport. With the launch of new flights to the country, the company will play an increasingly important role in the region’s freight network, constantly improving the quality of air cargo transportation services for both Japanese and international partners, it says.
“We are delighted that the new air bridge will connect our two capital cities directly for the first time in our history, and that the geographic reach of our regular flight network continues to expand and now fully covers North Asia,” says Zaur Akhundov, president of the Silk Way Group.
“At the same time, we are constantly improving the air transportation infrastructure at Baku airport in order to meet the global demand for cargo services, and I can say with confidence that we are fully ready to handle any cargo, including temperature-sensitive goods,” adds Akhundov.
Also commenting, Silk Way West Airlines president Wolfgang Meier says: “The opening of this new route comes further to many years of cooperation with several partners in the region.” Meier went on to recognise the key contribution of Silk Way group executive advisor Katsutoshi Tanaka, and regional director of Silk Way West Airlines in Japan, Emre Mercan.
It was thanks their combined efforts an agreement was signed between Silk Way West Airlines and Nippon Cargo Airlines, Meier adds. “The signing of this agreement opens a new page in the history of relations between Silk Way West Airlines and our Japanese partners.”
Silk Way West Airlines, headquartered in Baku at the heart of the Silk Road, was founded in 2012 and is the largest cargo airline in the Caspian Sea region. The airline is rapidly expanding its network from Azerbaijan to major East Asian airports, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and the US.
The carrier currently operates some 250 regular and charter flights to more than 50 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America every month. The company’s fleet consists of 15 B747-8F and B747-400F aircraft making it one of the world’s leading cargo carriers.