Silk Way West signs multi-year ULD agreement with ACL Airshop

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Silk Way West Airlines has signed a multi-year unit load device (ULD) agreement with ACL Airshop, commencing on 1 November.

The alliance extends the long-standing business relationship between the two companies; ACL has been a service partner with other units of Silk Way Holding for almost 10 years.

Silk Way and ACL are working together to enhance the logistics efficiencies of Silk Way’s ULD fleet.

ACL has started a worldwide strategic alliance with New Zealand IT company CORE Transport Technologies, and the introduction of Bluetooth innovations for real-time ULD tracking, which combined with ACL’s operations centre in Amsterdam and network-wide ULD control program will operate together for better utilisation rates and cost efficiencies for Silk Way.

Silk Way West Airlines vice president of global operations, Emile Khasanshin says improved ULD logistics is a strategic focus as it pursues “a lean and agile business strategy”.

He says: “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.”

ACL Airshop chairman and Ranger Aerospace chief executive officer, Steve Townes says: “We look forward to continuing our large existing service partnership with Silk Way West Airlines, a successful and rapidly growing global cargo airline.”

“We are proud and honoured that we are able to stand out from our competitors with an efficient, cost-effective, flexible solution. We are committed to helping Silk Way West Airlines grow their global cargo network.”

Silk Way West Airlines is based in Baku, Azerbaijan and uses Heydar Aliyev International Airport as its transit hub to connect with Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America using its fleet of Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 Freighters.

ACL Airshop has been providing ULD leasing, sales, repair and fleet control, and cargo device manufacturing for the past 34 years.