[Kenya] Astral Aviation to deploy B767 freighter on Nairobi - Sharjah, UAE route
Following the acquisition of the B767-200F from Air Transport Services Group in October 2020, Astral Aviation will deploy the freighter on the Nairobi – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) route, effective 3rd February 2021, thus offering unrivalled 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 which it currently operates on the B727-200F thus 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 vaccine to and within Africa in addition to humanitarian cargo.
In December 2020, Astral Aviation selected Sharjah International Airport as its Middle Eastern hub, in addition to its existing European hub at Liege International Airport in Belgium and its African hub at JKIA in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sharjah International Airport was chosen due to its strategic location as well as the services it provides in accordance with the highest international standards. These include facilities to handle temperature-controlled perishable, pharma, and healthcare cargo.