Russian cargo carrier Sky Gates Airways has taken delivery of its 2nd Boeing 747-400F freighter less than an working lease contract. The plane, VP-BCH, joined the operator’s fleet following a so-referred to as bridging-look at, an inspection executed on an airliner prior to it improvements palms, the airline told Russian Aviation Insider.
The plane has currently entered revenue assistance with the new operator. Its key foundation is Heydar Aliyev Airport in Balu, the capital city of Azerbaijan, which was chosen for its valuable geographical spot.
The plane operates typical flights to Maastricht and Hong Kong, and also performs constitution flights to locations throughout Asia, the airline says.
In accordance open up sources, the operator’s newly arrived Boeing is 17 years previous, and was beforehand operated less than the same registration code by Azeri cargo carrier Silk Way West Airways, which is aspect of Baku-dependent privately-owned Silk Way Team.
Sky Gates Airways currently has a immediate settlement with Silk Way Group’s MRO arm Silk Way Technics. The latter expert services the operator’s other 747-400F at its line routine maintenance amenities that had been opened just one yr ago at Moscow’s Domodedovo. The carrier’s newly been given Boeing arrives in a new livery, which resembles that of Silk Way West Airways.
The operator initially planned to increase its 2nd plane in early 2017, and to have a few a lot more freighters sent prior to the stop of the yr.
Sky Gates Airways obtained its air operator’s certificate in September 2016. In early Oct that yr, it started out traveling its 1st Boeing 747-400F, which had also been beforehand operated by Silk Way West Airways.
The operator is meant to go to Moscow’s new Zhukovsky airport at some point, but the precise day has not been finalized however. By the stop of this yr or the begining of 2018, the carrier ought to also have its in-property routine maintenance station accredited.
The operator’s major administration has changed not too long ago. The new CEO, Alexander Khmelevskikh, owns 15% in Sky Gates Rus, the founder of Sky Gates Airways.