SW Business Aviation debuts with a new G650
Azeri operator Silk Way (SW) Business Aviation, a subsidiary of the holding company Silk Way, is debuting at Jet Expo this year with its Gulfstream G650 ultralong-range business jet at the static park. This is the second example of the type received by the company. The first aircraft was delivered in March 2015 and has been operated in the interest of the Azeri government. The second airframe is available for charter bookings. SW Business Aviation says this G650 has an exclusive interior design and offers everything necessary to keep passengers comfortable during long-haul flights. “Our company is very much interested in the Russian bizav market; while we may be of no immediate medium-term interest to Russian customers due to the abundance of offerings on the market, the G650 is a fundamentally new product,” says an SW Business Aviation representative. “There are fairly few G650 charters in Europe, and we hope that Russian clients will appreciate the benefits of choosing this newest aircraft on transcontinental routes.” The first half of 2015 was very busy for the operator. The second G650 was delivered in June, adding to the company’s capacity and expanding its route network. SW Business Aviation bore the brunt of bizav services associated to the European Games hosted by Baku on June 12-28. “Our traffic grew by 30% in 2014 because we started operating our two new Gulfstream G280 super-midsize jets,” the company says. “The most popular destinations out of Baky are Moscow, London, Dubai, and Istanbul.” Based at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport, SW Business Aviation is a major bizav operator in the Caspian region. The backbone of its fleet is represented by nearly the entire Gulfstream product line, including the G550, G450, G200, and G280. There are also a dedicated Boeing 727-200 for small delegations and a VIP-configured 20-seat ATR 42-500.