Azerbaijan cargo airline debuts at Rickenbacker airport

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Azerbaijan-based Silkway West Airlines has started flying to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, a cargo-focused airport that recently marked the arrival of its 500th passenger aircraft with only cargo onboard, reads release.

The first Silkway B747 freighter touched down at Rickenbacker (LCK) this week under a long-term lease with Trinity Logistics USA, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority said in a statement. 

New York-based Trinity operates one of the largest private air networks into LCK. Since 2017, it has dispatched more than 500 all-cargo leased aircraft to the Midwest airport with fashion and garment products from main gateways in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, said Trinity President David Pereira.

Rickenbacker is Silkway’s second regularly scheduled destination in the U.S. It also operates all-cargo aircraft to Chicago O’Hare International Airport three times per week. Silkway was founded in 2012 and operates about 250 regular and charter flights around the world every month with a fleet of 15 Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 freighters, according to its website.

Meanwhile, LCK recently welcomed its 500th auxiliary freighter operated by a passenger airline, which is a notable milestone considering it is not a passenger hub airport. 

Rickenbacker is the only dedicated cargo airport known to have received any cargo-only passenger flights.

The airport sees regular auxiliary freighters from Emirates, Etihad Airways, Korean Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Rickenbacker has become increasingly popular for many logistics companies and all-cargo carriers because cargo is unloaded, cleared by Customs and on its way to customers in a fraction of the time that it takes at major hub airports. Flights with cargo in the cabin can take longer to unload.

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