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.
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.