World Airways and Silk Way Airlines Complete Teaming Agreement for Outsized U.S. Military Cargo

January 19, 2012

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2012) – World Airways, a subsidiary of Global Aviation Holdings, and Silk Way Airlines have completed a teaming agreement to provide outsized air freight service to the U.S. military. The agreement provides freight services beginning in January utilizing Silk Way’s IL-76 aircraft. Global Aviation provides lift for U.S. military passengers and cargo on its two charter airlines, World Airways and North American Airlines, through its teaming arrangement with the Air Mobility Command. World has been supporting U.S. military operations since 1955.

“Silk Way’s experience and expertise in handling outsized cargo, especially to non-traditional destinations, is a great addition to our military support program,” said Rob Binns, Global’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to be teaming with them for this critical cargo service.”

“World Airways complements Silk Way’s capabilities given its many years of experience dealing with the U.S. Military,” said Zaur Akhundov, President of Silk Way Airlines. We are looking forward to offering additional services to the U.S. military that are naturally complementary to World, North American, and Silk Way’s existing routes as well as the natural advantages offered by the Baku hub.”

Silk Way, based in Baku, Azerbaijan, offers both scheduled and charter flights to more than 50 destinations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Iraq and West Kazakhstan. Silk Way operates a fleet of nine Ilyushin-76 aircraft, three Antonov AN-12s and two Boeing 747-400 freighters. The airline was awarded with the ISO 9001:2008 certification in April 2009. Silk Way international freight services include: oil and gas equipment, construction material and heavy industrial equipment, automobiles, vehicles and spare parts, humanitarian cargo, live animals and perishables, foodstuff, stage and exhibition equipment, consumer goods consignments, and hazardous goods handled in full compliance with ICAO standards.

Global Aviation Holdings Inc., based in Peachtree City, Ga., is the parent company of two charter airlines, North American Airlines and World Airways. North American Airlines, founded in 1989 and based in Jamaica, N.Y., operates B757-200ER and B767-300ER passenger aircraft. World Airways, founded in 1948 and based in Peachtree City, Ga., specializes in providing ACMI solutions using B747-400 freighters and MD-11 passenger and cargo aircraft.

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