The success of Mantle’s 2000 Li-Ion battery test by AmSafe Bridport last year convinced Silk Way West that investment in their comprehensive fire containment solution was a responsible step forward in terms of safety for its expanding fleet of Boeing 747-400F and 747-8F aircraft.

    “We are spearheading the development, which will be crucial to our future operation as we are seeing a surge of Li-Ion battery content within the cargo volumes we are transporting throughout our global network. Therefore, we have opted for Mantle from AmSafe Bridport to carry on a pioneering role in our industry”, says CEO Silk Way West Airlines, Wolfgang Meier.

    For some time now, the industry has expressed concern over potential fire hazards when transporting goods such as lithium-ion batteries in aircraft cargo holds. Subsequently, manufacturers and airlines are beginning to take note in the wake of continuing reports of fire incidents and fatal plane crashes.

    “We are further investing in cargo and flight safety measures, which are paramount for our airline, and I am happy we found a robust, yet cost-effective solution”, adds Emile Khasanshin, SWW’s VP of global cargo logistics.

    Silk Way West Airlines operates a global cargo network connecting more than 45 online destinations on a scheduled basis via its global hub in Baku. The airline operates a 15-aircraft strong Boeing 747 full-freighter fleet across its growing network.

    President of AmSafe Bridport, Jason Abbott, said: “The industry has witnessed recent incidents where two main carriers effectively contained Lithium-ion cargo fires with Mantle fire containment covers. Ultimately our FCC products reduce risk, improve safety and, more importantly, save lives.

    “We are delighted that Silk Way West Airlines have made the decision to use our FCC products and set a benchmark in the industry for transporting cargo and people safely.”

    To find out more, visit Silk Way West Airlines website.