Astral Aviation

Astral Aviation is a cargo airline headquartered in Kenya operating an intra-African network of 50 destinations, as well as flights connecting Nairobi to London, UK, and Liege, Belgium. The airline, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, operates a combination of scheduled and ad hoc charters.

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ASTRAL AVIATION INCREASES FLIGHTS WITHIN AFRICA DURING COVID-19


The cargo airline will launch new freighter services this month and continues to operate cargo flights to 13 destinations in Africa from its Nairobi hub throughout the pandemic

Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday 20th May 2020 : Astral Aviation is pleased to announce an increase in its intra-African network with cargo freighters during the pandemic.

While there has been a reduction in capacity to, from, and within Africa, which has been caused by a stoppage of passenger flights and limited frequencies on freighter aircraft, Astral Aviation continues to operate cargo freighters from its Nairobi hub to 13 Destinations in Africa, which include South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia, according to Sanjeev Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer of Astral Aviation.

Effective 25th May 2020, Astral will operate to Lilongwe in Malawi and Lusaka in Zambia with a weekly frequency, and also to Kismayo and Bosaso in Somalia, which brings the number of destinations it serves on schedule to 13, according to Charles Simiyu, Commercial Director of Astral Aviation.

During the pandemic, Astral has operated a number of charter flights for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical items to various African countries, which include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Eritrea, Burundi, Madagascar, Djibouti, Yemen, and Sudan, thus providing a life-line for air cargo imports into regions, which have been cut off from the rest of the world, according to Anthony Mwangi, Charter Manager of Astral Aviation.

According to Michael Mutahi, Operations Director of Astral Aviation, there have been a number of operational challenges relating to crew quarantine restrictions and turn-around at certain airports, however Astral has managed to ensure that its flights continue to operate safely and within the Covid-19 guidelines of the countries that it operates to.

Astral operates a fleet of B747-400F with perishables from its Nairobi Hub to Doncaster, UK, and Liege, Belgium with Network Airline Services, and a fleet of regional freighters, which it operates to over 50 Destinations in Africa.

In 2020, Astral celebrates a milestone of operating in Africa for 20 years.

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About Astral Aviation

Astral Aviation is a licensed cargo airline that acquired its Air Operators Certificate (AoC) and Air Service License (ASL) from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority in 2001, and subsequently designated as a cargo airline, by the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Kenya in November 2006.

Operating safely in the blue skies of Africa for over 20 years, Astral Aviation provides reliable and cost-effective airfreight solutions using a combination of schedule and charter flights within its intra-African and European network.

Astral operates a fleet of F27 (5 tons), DC9 (15 tons) and B727-200 (24 tons) Freighter within its intra-African network, in addition to a wet-leased B747-400 Freighter on the Nairobi – London and Liege sector.

Within its intra-African network, which encompasses 50 destinations, Astral operates a combination of scheduled and adhoc charters along with value-added leasing services. Its interline agreements with over 20 Interline Partners; along with preferential agreements with the leading global and local freight forwarders; and partnerships with over 25 global GSA’s, facilitate the consolidation of cargoes at the freighter-friendly Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Liege Airport.

Astral Aviation has been a recipient of International Award in Excellence in Air Cargo, African Carrier of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017 by Stat Times.

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ASTRAL AVIATION INCREASES FLIGHTS WITHIN AFRICA DURING COVID-19

The cargo airline will launch new freighter services this month and continues to operate cargo flights to 13 destinations in Africa from its Nairobi hub throughout the pandemic

Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday 20th May 2020 : Astral Aviation is pleased to announce an increase in its intra-African network with cargo freighters during the pandemic.

While there has been a reduction in capacity to, from, and within Africa, which has been caused by a stoppage of passenger flights and limited frequencies on freighter aircraft, Astral Aviation continues to operate cargo freighters from its Nairobi hub to 13 Destinations in Africa, which include South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia, according to Sanjeev Gadhia, Chief Executive Officer of Astral Aviation.

Effective 25th May 2020, Astral will operate to Lilongwe in Malawi and Lusaka in Zambia with a weekly frequency, and also to Kismayo and Bosaso in Somalia, which brings the number of destinations it serves on schedule to 13, according to Charles Simiyu, Commercial Director of Astral Aviation.

During the pandemic, Astral has operated a number of charter flights for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical items to various African countries, which include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Eritrea, Burundi, Madagascar, Djibouti, Yemen, and Sudan, thus providing a life-line for air cargo imports into regions, which have been cut off from the rest of the world, according to Anthony Mwangi, Charter Manager of Astral Aviation.

According to Michael Mutahi, Operations Director of Astral Aviation, there have been a number of operational challenges relating to crew quarantine restrictions and turn-around at certain airports, however Astral has managed to ensure that its flights continue to operate safely and within the Covid-19 guidelines of the countries that it operates to.

Astral operates a fleet of B747-400F with perishables from its Nairobi Hub to Doncaster, UK, and Liege, Belgium with Network Airline Services, and a fleet of regional freighters, which it operates to over 50 Destinations in Africa.

In 2020, Astral celebrates a milestone of operating in Africa for 20 years.

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About Astral Aviation

Astral Aviation is a licensed cargo airline that acquired its Air Operators Certificate (AoC) and Air Service License (ASL) from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority in 2001, and subsequently designated as a cargo airline, by the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Kenya in November 2006.

Operating safely in the blue skies of Africa for over 20 years, Astral Aviation provides reliable and cost-effective airfreight solutions using a combination of schedule and charter flights within its intra-African and European network.

Astral operates a fleet of F27 (5 tons), DC9 (15 tons) and B727-200 (24 tons) Freighter within its intra-African network, in addition to a wet-leased B747-400 Freighter on the Nairobi – London and Liege sector.

Within its intra-African network, which encompasses 50 destinations, Astral operates a combination of scheduled and adhoc charters along with value-added leasing services. Its interline agreements with over 20 Interline Partners; along with preferential agreements with the leading global and local freight forwarders; and partnerships with over 25 global GSA’s, facilitate the consolidation of cargoes at the freighter-friendly Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Liege Airport.

Astral Aviation has been a recipient of International Award in Excellence in Air Cargo, African Carrier of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017 by Stat Times.