Astral to take on two B737 freighters in April

Nairobi-based Astral Aviation will take delivery of its first of two B737- 400Fs in April as it prepares to enhance its intra-African market penetration.


Astral to take on two B737 freighters in April


Nairobi-based Astral Aviation will take delivery of its first of two B737- 400Fs in April as it prepares to enhance its intra-African market penetration. Astral had previously announced plans to acquire three MD-83Fs to replace its two ageing DC-9-30Fs.

According to CEO Sanjeev Gadhia, the aircraft will be used to increase frequencies on the Kenyan freight specialist’s existing routes to D. R. Congo, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Chad, and Central African Republic. In the long term, Astral plans to establish additional hubs in Lagos, Nigeria to cover the oil-rich economies of West Africa and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, South Africa to cover the fast emerging Southern African Development Community (SADC) trade bloc.

In addition to its two DC-9 freighters, Astral also operates a Cessna 208BF, a Fokker 27, a B727-200F wet-leased from AeroSpace Consortium and a B747-400F wet-leased from Atlas Air. With Hainan Airlines set to become a shareholder in the carrier, Astral also plans to introduce five ERJ-145 passenger aircraft into its fleet.