Astral Aviation ferries 36MT of perishables on its maiden flight to Sharjah, UAE

KENYA – Astral Aviation made its maiden cargo flight to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 36 tonnes of perishables from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. The airline had announced in January 2021 that its new B767F from ATSG will be deployed on that route. Marking the launch of the B767F in Nairobi on January 22, 2021, Astral Aviation’s chief executive officer (CEO), Sanjeev Gadhia reiterated that the newly-acquired freighter will complement the existing fleet by providing new opportunities in the 40-tonnes category which was previously underserved in…

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Astral Aviation and Ethiopian among airlines picked for Covid-19 vaccine distribution

KENYA – Astral Aviation, Ethiopian Airlines are among the 14 airlines that have signed an agreement with UNICEF to prioritise the transport of Covid-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices, and other critical supplies to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The other airlines that are part of this initiative include Airbridge Cargo, Air France/KLM, Emirates SkyCargo, Brussels Airlines, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, IAG Cargo, Korean Air, Lufthansa Cargo, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines. In January, Astral welcomed its first B767-200F from Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and…

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Astral Aviation and SpiceXpress sign interline deal to boost Africa, India freight traffic

KENYA – Nairobi based cargo airline Astral Aviation and India’s SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of Spicejet, have signed a interline agreement connecting the networks of the two companies. The new partnership will give a major boost to cargo traffic between the Indian sub-continent and Africa, giving the option of more affordable channels of moving shipments which will include general cargo, courier, and pharmaceuticals through the two airlines’ networks. “We are the only airline in Africa with a highest number of interline partnerships because we believe in the spirit of…

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