Silk Way West invests in fire safety

Silk Way West has invested in fire containment cover, FCC, products for transporting volatile cargo such as Li-Ion batteries and related products. 

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 their expanding fleet of Boeing 747-400F and 747-8F aircraft. 


Wolfgang Meier, chief executive officer, Silk Way West Airlines, commented: “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.”


Jason Abbott, president, AmSafe Bridport, added:  “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.” 


By maximising fire safety in freight transportation Silk Way West has kept its options open in the field of dangerous goods transportation.The company aims to be 100 percent covered in all areas of fire containment within the next year.


By reducing risk and improving safety, Mantle provides airlines with the opportunity to carry Li-Ion batteries. This then effectively creates a greater scope of possibilities for carriers and manufacturers across the globe to increase business. With Mantle, AmSafe Bridport is the first company to achieve TSO certification C203 for Type 1 FCCs and now look to establish their position as the number one FCC manufacturer and provider.

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