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WASHINGTON, DC: August 30, 2016. Silk Way West Airlines, based in Baku, Azerbaijan, has been granted an amendment to its current Foreign Carrier Permit to operate scheduled and charter flights between the U.S. and Azerbaijan based on an Open Skies Agreement established in April this year.

Silk Way West 747-8 arrivalThe airline's current foreign air carrier permit, issued in November 2015, provides authorization for scheduled services between Baku and New York only, and charter flights between any point in Azerbaijan and any point in the U.S.

The revised U.S. Department of Transportation permit, valid for two years, follows objections from the National Air Cargo Group and Kalitta Air.

The order preceded the arrival of Silk Way West's fourth B747-8 freighter at Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku on August 27. Ninety minutes after the traditional water cannon salute, the aircraft left on its first commercial flight to Luxembourg with 84 tons of cargo.

The airline, which now operates eight B747 freighters, said the new delivery would allow it to add new U.S. destinations to its network.

Earlier this year Silk Way West's Italian subsidiary, SW Italia, was granted rights to operate scheduled services from any point or points in Italy, via any intermediate point, to any point or points in the U.S. and beyond. The airline proposed a new service from Milan to Chicago. A start date has yet to be announced.

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