Panalpina adds cargo calls in Baku
Panalpina is adding calls to Baku, Azerbaijan with scheduled chartered flights operated by Silk Way West Airlines and flying between Luxembourg and Shanghai.
April 29, 2015
By Denice Cabel
Swiss-company Panalpina is adding calls in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku. Scheduled charters that are operated by Silk Way West Airlines and fly between Luxembourg and Shanghai now call in Baku four times per week. Silk Way deploys 747-8 freighters, which are particularly well-suited for the transport of outsized oil and gas equipment and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals.
Silk Way West Airlines’ forthcoming service mentality has prompted Panalpina to extend its cooperation with the Azerbaijan-based carrier. So far, Panalpina has offered a midweek scheduled charter from Luxembourg to Shanghai via Baku and back. However, Panalpina has now introduced a second rotation on the weekend, as well.
“This is a two-way, twice-weekly connection with blocked space in both directions,” says Sou Ping Chee, Panalpina’s head of Air Freight for Asia Pacific. “Eastbound we fly mostly temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, where we see further growth potential. The majority of this cargo flies all the way to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which is home to new cool chain facilities. On the way back to Europe via Baku, we carry mostly fast fashion and high-tech products.”
The nose-loading capability of the deployed 747-8 freighters is also ideal for outsized oil and gas cargo. “We deliver equipment from Luxembourg to Azerbaijan for the country’s main oil and gas fields east of Baku in the Caspian Sea,” says Slavey Djahov, Panalpina’s head of Air Freight for the Middle East, Africa and CIS (MEAC).