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Reliable Robotics and Astral Aviation collaborate to improve safety and connectivity across sub-Saharan Africa with automated aircraft


Nairobi, Kenya, and Mountain View, California, USA,  Friday 9th September 2022: Reliable Robotics, a leader in autonomous aircraft systems, and Kenya-based airline Astral Aviation today announced a strategic collaboration with the goal of enhancing aviation safety and increasing air cargo connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa through the use of automated aircraft. Africa is poised for economic and trade growth, but held back by challenges related to the safety, speed and cost of transportation, including limited intra-African air services. The companies will work together to develop operational, regulatory, and business plans to launch automated aircraft operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Reliable Robotics is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify its automation system on the Cessna 208 Caravan, and to begin commercial cargo operations in the United States. The collaboration with Astral Aviation will enable the subsequent international expansion into Africa where the Caravan is an essential utility aircraft with nearly 350 currently operating across the continent.

“We are preparing for explosive growth in regional trade and the need to transport significantly more air cargo across Africa,” said Sanjeev Gadhia, Founder and CEO, Astral Aviation.

“Automation will enable us to serve more routes. We look forward to working with Reliable to safely transport larger payloads over longer distances at lower cost with remotely operated aircraft.”

Sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) is growing at four percent. The widespread adoption of mobile technologies has enabled e-commerce to leapfrog legacy banking, communications, and retail infrastructure, and is expected to grow to half a billion users by 2025. Expanding the air cargo network is critical to GDP and e-commerce growth in a continent with landlocked countries, busy ports, poor road networks, sparse transportation infrastructure, and an average distance between major cities of 4,100 kilometers.

“The African aviation sector is primed for change and automated aircraft can be part of the solution to the market’s constraints,” said Robert Rose, Co-founder and CEO, Reliable Robotics. “Astral has deep experience operating in Africa, and we share a vision for how automation and remotely piloted aircraft can help the region reach its economic potential with safer, more flexible and cost-efficient air transport.”

Reliable has established leadership in designing, building, and demonstrating its remotely piloted system and made aviation history with milestone flights in 2019 and 2021 in Northern California. Astral Aviation is the fastest growing all-cargo airline in Africa, and recently announced that it will be the launch operator of the Embraer E190 Freighter aircraft. Together, Reliable Robotics and Astral Aviation are working on a roadmap to expand automated air cargo solutions that will provide significant economic and societal benefits for Africa.

 

ENDS

 

About Reliable Robotics

Reliable Robotics launched in 2017 to bring safe, certified autonomous vehicles to commercial aviation as soon as possible. The company’s automation system enables remote operation of any aircraft type and will expand access to more locations. Reliable’s vision is to transform the way we move goods and people around the planet with safer, more convenient and more affordable air transportation. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has a distributed global workforce.

Learn more and see job openings at reliable.co

Reliable Robotics Media Contact:

Amber Moore

amber@gmkcommunications.com

+ 1 (0) 503.943.9381

 

Footnotes

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing at four percent1. The widespread adoption of mobile technologies has enabled e-commerce to leapfrog legacy banking, communications and retail infrastructure, and is expected to grow to half a billion users by 20252. Expanding the air cargo network is critical to GDP and e-commerce growth in a continent with landlocked countries, busy ports, poor road networks, sparse transportation infrastructure, and an average distance between major cities of 4,1000 kilometres.

 

1 International Monetary Fund, Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, April 2022

2 International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, The Rise of eCommerce in Africa

About Astral Aviation

Astral Aviation is a dedicated cargo airline which is based at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, and operates a fleet of 17 cargo aircraft to over 50 destinations in Africa.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2021 Astral has lived up to the expectations of its clients by offering a resilient and agile strategy during the pandemic by offering on demand charters for Covid-19 related medical products, while maintaining its scheduled network to over 15 destinations in Africa.

Astral is the fastest growing cargo airline in Africa with a diversified fleet capacity which ranges from 5 tons to 110 tons and has recently taken delivery of its Boeing 767-200 Freighter.

For more information visit astral-aviation.com


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RELIABLE ROBOTICS AND ASTRAL AVIATION COLLABORATE TO IMPROVE SAFETY AND CONNECTIVITY ACROSS SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA WITH AUTOMATED AIRCRAFT

 

Nairobi, Kenya, and Mountain View, California, USA,  Friday 9th September 2022: Reliable Robotics, a leader in autonomous aircraft systems, and Kenya-based airline Astral Aviation today announced a strategic collaboration with the goal of enhancing aviation safety and increasing air cargo connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa through the use of automated aircraft. Africa is poised for economic and trade growth, but held back by challenges related to the safety, speed and cost of transportation, including limited intra-African air services. The companies will work together to develop operational, regulatory, and business plans to launch automated aircraft operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Reliable Robotics is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify its automation system on the Cessna 208 Caravan, and to begin commercial cargo operations in the United States. The collaboration with Astral Aviation will enable the subsequent international expansion into Africa where the Caravan is an essential utility aircraft with nearly 350 currently operating across the continent.

“We are preparing for explosive growth in regional trade and the need to transport significantly more air cargo across Africa,” said Sanjeev Gadhia, Founder and CEO, Astral Aviation.

“Automation will enable us to serve more routes. We look forward to working with Reliable to safely transport larger payloads over longer distances at lower cost with remotely operated aircraft.”

Sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) is growing at four percent. The widespread adoption of mobile technologies has enabled e-commerce to leapfrog legacy banking, communications, and retail infrastructure, and is expected to grow to half a billion users by 2025. Expanding the air cargo network is critical to GDP and e-commerce growth in a continent with landlocked countries, busy ports, poor road networks, sparse transportation infrastructure, and an average distance between major cities of 4,100 kilometers.

“The African aviation sector is primed for change and automated aircraft can be part of the solution to the market’s constraints,” said Robert Rose, Co-founder and CEO, Reliable Robotics. “Astral has deep experience operating in Africa, and we share a vision for how automation and remotely piloted aircraft can help the region reach its economic potential with safer, more flexible and cost-efficient air transport.”

Reliable has established leadership in designing, building, and demonstrating its remotely piloted system and made aviation history with milestone flights in 2019 and 2021 in Northern California. Astral Aviation is the fastest growing all-cargo airline in Africa, and recently announced that it will be the launch operator of the Embraer E190 Freighter aircraft. Together, Reliable Robotics and Astral Aviation are working on a roadmap to expand automated air cargo solutions that will provide significant economic and societal benefits for Africa.

 

ENDS

 

About Reliable Robotics

Reliable Robotics launched in 2017 to bring safe, certified autonomous vehicles to commercial aviation as soon as possible. The company’s automation system enables remote operation of any aircraft type and will expand access to more locations. Reliable’s vision is to transform the way we move goods and people around the planet with safer, more convenient and more affordable air transportation. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California and has a distributed global workforce.

Learn more and see job openings at reliable.co

Reliable Robotics Media Contact:

Amber Moore

amber@gmkcommunications.com

+ 1 (0) 503.943.9381

 

Footnotes

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is growing at four percent1. The widespread adoption of mobile technologies has enabled e-commerce to leapfrog legacy banking, communications and retail infrastructure, and is expected to grow to half a billion users by 20252. Expanding the air cargo network is critical to GDP and e-commerce growth in a continent with landlocked countries, busy ports, poor road networks, sparse transportation infrastructure, and an average distance between major cities of 4,1000 kilometres.

 

1 International Monetary Fund, Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa, April 2022

2 International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, The Rise of eCommerce in Africa

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Astral Aviation is a dedicated cargo airline which is based at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, and operates a fleet of 17 cargo aircraft to over 50 destinations in Africa.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2021 Astral has lived up to the expectations of its clients by offering a resilient and agile strategy during the pandemic by offering on demand charters for Covid-19 related medical products, while maintaining its scheduled network to over 15 destinations in Africa.

Astral is the fastest growing cargo airline in Africa with a diversified fleet capacity which ranges from 5 tons to 110 tons and has recently taken delivery of its Boeing 767-200 Freighter.

For more information visit astral-aviation.com