Starting February 3, 2021

Astral Aviation’s B767F will carry 80 tonnes of perishables per week from Kenya to UAE

Having acquired the B767-200F from Air Transport Services Group in October 2020, Astral Aviation will deploy the freighter on the Nairobi – Sharjah route, with effect from February 3, 2021, creating the capacity for 80 tonnes per week of flowers and vegetables to the UAE.

Astral will also upgrade the B767-200F on its Nairobi – Johannesburg route, increasing the total capacity to 160 tonnes per week to South Africa. The freighter will also offer capacity on high-priority for the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine to and within Africa in addition to humanitarian cargo.

Astral CEO Sanjeev Gadhia presents B767F model to James Macharia, cabinet secretary of ministry of Transport of Kenya / Image:

At the launch of the B767F in Nairobi on January 22, Astral Aviation’s chief executive officer (CEO), Sanjeev Gadhia stated that the newly-acquired freighter will complement the existing fleet by providing new opportunities in the 40-tonnes category which was previously underserved in Africa. The B767F is ideal for Astral’s intra-African network, which comprises 15 scheduled destinations while offering new opportunities to the Middle East, which is an important gateway for East Africa’s air imports and exports.


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