Astral Aviation wins the award for African All Cargo Carrier
Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that it has been declared the Winner of the African All Cargo Carrier of the Year at the Stat Times International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo which took place on the 22nd February 2017 at the eve of the Air Cargo Africa 2017 biennial event, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Receiving the award on behalf of Astral Aviation, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia who is the CEO, expressed his gratitude to its clients who voted for Astral Aviation, which enabled it to win the prestigious award four times in a row, having won the previous award for African All Cargo Airline in 2015, 2013 and 2011.
According to Mr Charles Simiyu who is the Commercial Director of Astral Aviation, “The award recognizes the efforts being made by Astral Aviation in the air cargo sector to develop a solid network which it operates with a fleet of dedicated cargo aircrafts. Our clients and the industry have a high regard for Astral’s commitment in providing competitive and reliable air freight solutions in Africa”
The timing of the 2017 award coincides with the 17th anniversary of Astral Aviation having established its base at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the year 2000, and has been operating continuously for the air-cargo fraternity within its intra African network and into Europe.
Today, Astral Aviation operates a dedicated fleet cargo aircrafts comprising of Fokker 27, DC9 and B727 Freighters within its intra-African network, in addition to its Boeing 747-400 Freighter which operates non-stop from Nairobi – London Stansted and Liege, Belgium twice a week with perishables (cut-flowers and vegetables) from Kenya.
Astral is the largest cargo airline in Kenya in terms of fleet-size and is in the Top 5 Cargo Airlines in the continent
Its intra-African network comprises of a combination of schedule flights from Nairobi to Juba, Mogadishu, Pemba, Dar-es-salaam, Mwanza, Zanzibar, Moroni, Entebbe and Kigali. In addition, Astral also operates an extensive charter network to over 50 destinations in African from its Nairobi hub.
In 2017, Astral will operate on new routes such as Antananarivo, Kinshasa, Goma, Lusaka and Lubumbashi.
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