01 Mar SUID CARGO – LAUNCH OF SOUTH AFRICA’S NEWEST CARGO AIRLINE
➢ Suid Cargo will commence non-scheduled cargo flights from its hub at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport in the second quarter of 2023.
➢ Suid Cargo will initially lease a Boeing 727-200 freighter from Astral Aviation, with plans to acquire additional freighters such as Embraer 190 Freighter and Airbus 320F or Boeing 737-800F in 2024.
➢ Suid Cargo will operate to over 20 destinations to Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi Mauritius, Zambia, Namibia, D R Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola and Rwanda thus promoting exports from South Africa including transit shipments and ‘Sea Air’ Cargo from Durban and Cape Town Airports. It plans to transition to a Scheduled Carrier in 2024 and to operate on the domestic network.
Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa. Suid Cargo Airlines, South Africa’s newest Cargo Airline, will begin non scheduled flights from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport in the second quarter of 2023 utilising a leased Boeing 727-200F from Kenya’s Astral Aviation Ltd, in addition to Astral’s Boeing 747-400F, Boeing 767 and Boeing 757F on charter basis.
Making the announcement at the Air Cargo Africa 2023 event in Johannesburg, Thomas Honiball, Accountable Manager and CEO, states that it plans to acquire additional freighters in 2024 which will comprise of narrow body freighters such as the Airbus 320F or Boeing 737-800F in addition to the Embraer 190 Freighters in 2025.
According to Astral Aviation’s CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia, “We are honoured to support South Africa’s newest Cargo Airline, Suid Cargo Airlines, initially with our Boeing 727-200F and to offer our fleet of B747-400F, B767F and B757F on charter basis, which will enable the start up Cargo airline to scale its operations to cover Southern, West and East Africa including Asia, Middle East and Europe.
Kevin Moodley, Commercial Director of Suid Cargo Airlines, explains that the new airline will promote exports from South Africa in addition to transit shipments to over 20 African destinations, and will have a unique Sea-Air Cargo product from the Ports of Durban and Cape Town thus reducing transit time to the land locked regions in Africa.
Suid Cargo will enter into long term partnership with freight forwarders, consolidators, integrators, e-commerce retailers and shipping lines in addition to interlining with African and Foreign Airlines to promote the Johannesburg Hub with plans to transition to scheduled services in 2024 which will include operating a domestic network.