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  • Aquila Air Capital, a specialty finance platform focused on commercial aerospace, today announced the signing of operating leases for three Boeing 757-200F freighter aircraft with Astral Airlines.  SkyExec Capital Jets acted as arranger and will service the lease during the term.  The Aircraft are expected...

  • Astral Aviation and Etihad Cargo sign Pharma Service Level Agreement (SLA) SLA ensures that both Parties are Fully Compliant with Latest GDP and IATA Pharma Regulations and Standards Nairobi, Kenya – Astral Aviation Limited and Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Abu Dhabi’s...

  • The HOPE Consortium and Astral Aviation Sign MoU to enhance Vaccine Distribution Solutions to Africa The two entities have formed a strategic partnership with the aim of accelerating vaccine distribution to the African nations Abu Dhabi, UAE – XX XX, 2021: As part of its...

  • Silk Way West Airlines continues to widen its network across the world. The carrier has signed an interline agreement with Kenya’s Astral Aviation. This interline agreement is to provide cross-selling benefits for both sides by using the wide network of flights to and from Africa....

  • 05/27/2021 Volga-Dnepr Group (the Group) and Astral Aviation Limited (Astral) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to foster cooperation in the humanitarian sector. A new level of cooperation will strengthen the capabilities of both parties and will contribute to uninterrupted and...

  • Kenyan cargo airline, Astral Aviation, begins flights to Sharjah There will be two flights per week from Nairobi in Kenya to Sharjah using Boeing 767 aircraft Nairobi-based cargo airline, Astral Aviation, will operate flights to Sharjah, as part of an expansion of its operations within...

  • ASTRAL AVIATION COMMITS TO HELPING UNICEF IN ITS HISTORIC MISSION OF TRANSPORTING COVID-19 VACCINES IN AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST Nairobi, Kenya, [DATE]: Astral Aviation Limited has signed an agreement with UNICEF to support the launch of its Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative for the prioritization of delivery of...

  • Nairobi, 01 February 2021 – Astral Aviation Limited and SpiceXpress, the air cargo arm of Spicejet, have signed a pioneering cargo Interline agreement connecting the networks of the two companies. This new visionary partnership will give a major boost to cargo traffic between the Indian...

  • ASTRAL AVIATION ANNOUNCES ITS STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE B767F Nairobi, Kenya, Monday 25th January 2021: Following the acquisition of the B767-200F from Air Transport Services Group, Inc. in October 2020, Astral Aviation will deploy the freighter on the Nairobi – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) route, with effect from 3rd...

  • Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday 25th November 2020 : Astral Aviation, a member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Pharma.Aero, a powerful cross-industry collaboration for Pharmaceutical Shippers, has announced that it is ready to support the distribution of the recently discovered COVID-19 vaccines across its scheduled...

  • WILMINGTON, OH – October 28, 2020 – Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG) announced the delivery by its Cargo Aircraft Management subsidiary of a Boeing 767-200 converted freighter to Astral Aviation of Kenya under a five-year lease. This is the first aircraft ATSG has leased to...

  • TORONTO, ONTARIO – September 28th, 2020 – Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV: FLT;  OTC: TAKOF;  Frankfurt:  A2AMGZ or ABB.F) (the “Company” or “DDC”) is pleased to announce that, with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada  (TSX: AC), it has executed a Letter of Intent...

  • Pharma.Aero welcomes Astral Aviation and Bombelli Airport Equipment as a new Full Member and Associate Partner respectively. Nathan De Valck, Chairman of Pharma.Aero said, “Alongside with expanding the number of pharma shippers in our organisation, Pharma.Aero is also growing its membership base across the air...

  • July 29, 2020: Nairobi-based Astral Aviation in association with the EU has operated a B727F for carrying relief supplies from Nairobi to Sanaa International Airport and Aden International Airport in Yemen. More than 200 tonnes of humanitarian aid was transported to support the people most...

  • Astral Aviation’s CEO Sanjeev Gadhia, says African airlines must invest in cargo operations to complement growing passenger demand. The year 2020 marks your 20-year anniversary in operation. Looking back, how has been your journey? Challenges, opportunities? The journey has been memorable with a number of...

  • June 17, 2020: Bollore Transport & Logistics Kenya in association with Astral Aviation has transported medical equipment from Nairobi, Kenya to Khartoum, Sudan for the NGO Save the Children International. The teams have successfully delivered two separate shipments of 14 tonnes and 12 tonnes using a direct...

  • African air cargo will recover faster from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic than the passenger traffic industry, Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Kenyan cargo airline Astral Aviation, tells The Africa Report. Next year will be “challenging” as global trade will be affected by this year’s...

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  • There is nothing more liberating when your father gives you wings to fly. On the occasion of Father’s Day, Kush Gadhia, Sanjeev Gadhia’s son and the business development manager of Astral Aerial Solutions, talks to STAT Media Group, on how his dad’s rational and level-headed...

  • Imagine a fleet of 50 self-regulating drones lit up in different colors against the night sky, homing in on their landing area and deciding amongst themselves in which order and from which direction (depending on the wind) they are going to land. What sounds a...

  • Astral Aerial Solutions has collaborated with Wingcopter for last mile delivery solutions. Geoffrey Nyaga, chief operations officer of Astral Aerial announced it during a webinar organised by the Logistics Update Africa on ‘Drones for improving healthcare supply chains and creating drone corridors for Africa’. “It is important for all of us to develop solutions...

  • PRESS RELEASE  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...

  • Dear Valued Clients,   We are pleased to unveil our new schedule with increased routes and frequencies as follows-: JUB – No Change remains day 1,3 & 5 – Day 1 & 5 ETD NBO 1230hrs  &  Day 3 ETD NBO 0800hrs MWZ – No...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce a new schedule effective 1st December 2017. The highlights of the new schedule are as follows-:   JUBA – No change Remains three frequencies to be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. MWANZA – The frequency has been reduced from four to three frequencies weekly but with an upgraded combined payload of 50MT and...

  • Network Airline Management (NAM)—a division of the Network Aviation Group—and Astral Aviation have signed a long-term wet lease with Air Atlanta Icelandic adding a factory-built, nose-loader B747-400F to their existing managed fleet of three MD11Fs. This will enable NAM to develop their presence in Africa,...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that it’s Founder & CEO, Mr Sanjeev S Gadhia, was appointed to the Board of TIACA (The International Air Cargo Association, USA) which is the largest air-cargo association in the world. Mr. Gadhia who is also the Vice Chairman...

  • Celebi Delhi Cargo’s Ramesh Mamidala and Astral Aviation’s Sanjeev Gadhia join the TIACA Board as TIACA prepares to host its Executive Summit Miami, USA, Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 – Two new board members, representing the ground handling and cargo carrier sectors, have been appointed to the...

  • 29TH JUNE, 2017: Earlier this month, Network Airline Management—the freighter division of the Network Aviation Group—transported over 57 tonnes of urgent relief goods on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross to a field hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The cargo, which was mainly IV fluid, was...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia, will be a panelist at the ICAO Air Cargo Development Program in Addis Ababa from 27-29 June 2017. Mr Gadhia will be in 2 sessions as follows -: Session 4 on 28 June 2017:...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its CEO will speak at the Global CCA Perishables Conference in Addis Ababa on 26th June 2017 16.00 to 17.30 – Panel Discussion – 3 Subject: Temperature management at the heart of perishable logistics – transparency in transport...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the DRC Mining Week which will take place from 23-24 June 2017 at the Hotel Pullman in Lubumbashi. Astral Aviation’s CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia along with its Mining Logistics Manager, Mr Samuel Wambua...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce its participation at the Africa Security Symposium which will take place in Nairobi from 20 – 21 June 2017. Mr Charles Simiyu, Commercial Director, will be in attendance at this event.

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce its participation at the Drones East Africa event which will take place in Nairobi from 20 – 21 June 2017. The event will be attended by Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation. Astral Aviation plans to operate Commercial...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce its participation at the Networking Forum of Oil & Energy Services which will take place in Nairobi on 20 June 2017. Mr Samuel Wambua, Oil & Gas Logistics Manager, will be in attendance at this event.

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, will attend the Air Cargo Europe 2017 event in Munich on 10 – 11 May 2017. Mr Gadhia can be reached at the Network Airline Services Booth 309

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its Commercial Manager and Strategic Purchases Manager, Mr Mustwafa Murad, will attend the AFRAA 6th Stakeholders Convention 2017 in Tunis from 07 – 09 May 2017.

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its CEO will attend the CNS 2017 Partnership Conference from 01 – 02 May 2017 at the JW Marriott in Orlando.

  • 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...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that it will participate at the 48th AFRAA (African Airlines Association) Annual General Assembly which will take place at the Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 20-22 November 2016 The AGA is being held under the high patronage...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to confirm that it will exhibit at the 4th East Africa Oil & Gas Summit and Exhibition 2016 from the 15 – 17 November 2016 at the KICC, Nairobi. During this event, Astral CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia will speak on Servicing...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to confirm that it has jointly sponsored the Flower Logistics Africa 2016 Conference from 08 – 09 November 2016 at the Radisson Blu, Nairobi. The theme of the conference is  “From farm to vase: Building sustainable cut flower supply chain”. The joint-sponsorship with...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that it will attend the IATA Aero Polictical forum which will be held on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at the Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 20-22 November 2016. The Forum will be held under the theme: “Africa’s...

  • Astral Aviation will participate at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum 2016 which will take place in Paris from 26 – 28 October 2016. During this event, Astral Aviation’s CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia, will be present at Booth 763 of its GSA, Network Airline Services, in addition...

  • Astral Aviation participated in the inaugural AviaDev Africa, a landmark event that aims to improve air connectivity to, from and within the African continent. The event took place from 4th -6th October at the brand new Kigali Convention Centre.

  • On the 4th October 2016, Astral Aviation hosted its Rwandan clients to a cocktail at the SkyLounge at CityBlue Hotel in Kigali. The event was attended by Mr Andy King and Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, in addition to Mr Joseph Kabera who has been appointed as...

  • On 29-30 September 2016, the AFRAA Secretariat brought together Heads of Cargo of its member airlines for the launch of the Cargo Steering Committee which has been included among the projects of the Association. The meeting, which was held in Nairobi, reviewed the concept paper...

  • Astral Aviation was pleased to attend the 1st Neutral Air Partner Opening Global Meeting which took place in Abu Dhabi on 25th September 2016. During this event, Astral Aviation CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia, made a presentation on Africa to the delegates of this unique event.

  • On the invitation of the Board of Investment, Mauritius, Astral Aviation CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia, attended the Africa Partnership Conference in Mauritius from 20 – 22 September 2016. During this event, Mr Gadhia, made a presentation on “Championing the power of connectivity in Africa from a...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce the appointment of Rogers Aviation as its GSA in Mauritius and Madagascar which was signed at the Rogers Aviation HQ in Mauritius on 19 September 2016 with Mr. Alexandre Fayd’Herbe, CEO.

  • Following the reports of new conflict in South Sudan, Astral Aviation had suspended its operations from 09 – 12th July 2016, citing concerns over safety of their staff, affecting the three weekly cargo flights from Nairobi to Juba. Astral chief executive officer Sanjeev Gadhia said...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to confirm that its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, will speak at the IATA Aviation Day Africa which will take place from 23-24 May at Abuja, Nigeria. Mr Gadhia will participate in a panel session which will discuss Aviation and Practical development...

  • Astral Aviation will actively participate at the AFRAA Aviation Stakeholders Convention 2016 which will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 07-09 May 2016. Astral CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, will participate in a panel session on “How can stakeholders contribute to promote growth & sustainable connectivity...

  • Astral Aviation will participate at the ICAO Lithium Battery Workshop which will take place in Nairobi from 18 – 19 April 2016.

  • Astral Aviation will participate at the 5th Mozambique Mining, Energy, Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition taking place from 27th –28th April 2016 at Maputo, and will be represented by its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia. Astral Aviation operates a dedicated weekly schedule service for oil...

  • Astral Aviation’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Charles Simiyu, will participate at the East African Humanitarian Summit 2016 from 7 – 8 April 2016 at the Tribe Hotel, Nairobi

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that it will participate in the 8th WCA Worldwide Conference 2016 which will be held in Abu Dhabi from 13-15 March 2016. Astral will be represented by its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, along with members of its Dubai GSA,...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, will participate at the IATA World Cargo Symposium 2016 which will be held at The Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin from 15-17 March 2016. Mr Gadhia will participate at the CES – Cargo Executive...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, will be attending the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi from 7 – 8 March 2016. Mr Gadhia will participate in an African Strategy Panel on 7th March from 1545 onwards.

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr James Kimani who has joined its family, as a Business Development Manager. Mr Kimani has a wealth of experience in the air-cargo sector having worked for Kenya Airways Cargo for over 18 years. His last...

  • Astral Aviation is pleased to announce that its CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia will attend the Air Cargo India 2016 Event which will be held in Mumbai from 23-25 February 2016. During the event, Sanjeev will participate in the Indo Africa Trade Link session on the...