Silk Way West Airlines enters into ULD agreement with ACL Airshop

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October 25, 2017: Baku-based rapidly growing cargo carrier Silk Way West Airlines has entered into a multi-year ULD (Unit Load Device) agreement with ULD management provider ACL Airshop, commencing November 1, 2017. This alliance extends the long-standing business relationship between the two companies; ACL Airshop has been a service partner with other airline units of Silk Way Holding for almost 10 years.

ACL Airshop recently announced its own worldwide strategic alliance with CORE Transport Technologies (a New Zealand IT company), and the introduction of Bluetooth innovations for real-time tracking of ULDs. That, combined with ACL's new Operations Centre in Amsterdam and network-wide ULD Control programmes will operate together for better utilisation rates and cost efficiencies for Silk Way.

"Since we pursue a lean and agile business strategy, improved ULD logistics has become one of our strategic focuses, as it directly contributes to the bottom line while substantiating the growth of the top line," said Emile Khasanshin, vice president Global Operations for Silk Way West Airlines.

"We were looking for a company that could meet our rigorous cost expectations and flexibility requirements, demonstrate smart usage of the latest technologies as well as customer-oriented business processes. These factors along with their substantial expansion plans have cemented our careful decision to stick with ACL Airshop. And we believe the new Bluetooth-enabled ULD tracing technology will be a game changer for us both, and for our end-customers."

"We are proud and honored that we are able to stand out from our competitors with an efficient, cost-effective, flexible solution," said Steve Townes, chairman of ACL Airshop and CEO of its parent company.

Silk Way West Airlines, headquartered in, Baku, Azerbaijan, has a growing fleet that currently consists of five Boeing 747-8F, one own and a few leased-in Boeing 747-400F aircraft. Silk Way West Airlines operates regular and charter flights to various regions of the world – Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America, using Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku, as a convenient transit hub that connects the continents.

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