Sepang 17 March 2016 : MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd and Azerbaijan's cargo carrier Silk Way West Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation that will see both airlines leveraging on each other's aircraft fleet and network in different regions of the world.
The stratergic partnership between the two air cargo players entails a Block Space Agreement (BSA) on a twice weekly route to and from Kuala Lumpur and Amsterdam via Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Azerbaijan. The weekly flights are scheduled to occur every Thursday and Sunday.
On the left, Kamran Gasimov, CEO of Silk Way West Airlines and Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, CEO of
MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd seal their partnership with a handshake and an exchange of gifts.
The top management team of MAB Kargo and Silk Way West Airlines
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, Cheif Executive Officer of MAB Kargo said "We have a solid network and will continue to serve key Asian and Australian market with our fleet of Airbus A330200F freighters. The partnership with Silk Way West will provide us the synergistic benefits by expanding our wings to new destinations such as Baku and Tehran and serve familiar markets such as Frankfurt, Malpensa, Vienna, Istanbul And New York."
Kamran Gasimov, Cheif Executive Officer of Silk Way West Airlines said in his welcoming speech, "Leveraging on existing interline and block-space agreements, the partnership will allow both airlines to have access to each others capacity across their respective global network. The first Azerbaijan Freighter arriving in Kuala Lumpur Airport today has started a new page in our airlines history. we will continue our network expansion in to South East region and meet the changing  needs of the market".
Inaugural Silk Way West flight is greeted with a water cannon salute.
Flags of Azerbaijan and Malaysia were unveiled as the nose loading door of the Boeing 747-800F opens.
The inaugural Silk Way West flight, bearing flight number 7L434 touched down on Malaysian soil at 1630hrs today with an approximate total of 105 tonnes of cargo from Amsterdam. MAB Kargo has received bookings for 95 tonnes of cargo for the returning flight from KLIAto Amsterdam's Schipol Airport.