Silk Way West interlines with Astral as it looks to Africa
09 / 08 / 2021
By Damian Brett
Silk Way West Airlines has signed an interline agreement with Astral Aviation as it looks to offer destinations in Africa.
The two freighter operators will use Dubai World Central as a transit point for cargo being transferred between the two airlines.
Astral will connect Dubai to Nairobi where cargo can then be transferred to/from other locations on the continent.
“The agreement will allow Silk Way West Airlines to broaden its network toward Africa, since the carrier had no scheduled services within that continent,” the Baku-hubbed carrier said.
“Subsequently, the networks of carriers will be in a position to complement each other, as there is a number of markets, where both airlines do not overlap with one another.”
Johnny Rubio, Silk Way West Airlines’ chief commercial officer Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Africa, said: “It is another success for us having such a large network across the African continent. The benefits of this interline agreement are of great interest.”
Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aviation’s chief executive, added: “We will continue to forge new alliances and partnerships during the pandemic in line with our philosophy of promoting cooperation and collaboration with airlines and all members of the supply chain, as this will enable our respective clients to benefit with better options and connectivity from our respective networks.”
Silk Way West operates a fleet of 12 B747-8F on its network covering Europe, the Americas and Asia. Earlier this year, the carrier ordered five B777Fs from Boeing.