Astral Aviation Joins AFRAA

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Astral Aviation has joined the membership of African Airlines Association (AFRAA) making it the first African Cargo Airline operator to do so.
Astral’s DC9 Aircraft. Courtersy: airlines-africa.com 
Astral Aviation CEO, Mr Sanjeev Gadhia, said: “We are truly excited in being the first cargo airline to become a member of AFRAA which is a prestigious association of African airlines. Astral has benefited immensely from AFRAA’s initiatives such as the Joint Fuel Purchase Program in addition to the training programs which has provided considerable cost savings. Astral will work closely with AFRAA on matters relating to cargo with the objective of lobbying for the liberalization and promotion of air cargo in Africa and to advocate against the high cost of cargo related fees and taxes in the continent.”
       
Commenting on the development, AFRAA’s Secretary General, Dr Elijah Chingosho noted: “We are excited to welcome Astral Aviation into the AFRAA fraternity as this will enable us to tap into the huge experience and expertise of this carrier in the cargo field which we will share with the rest of AFRAA member airlines so that they can benefit from this often neglected sector of airline operations”.

Founded in Accra, Ghana in 1968, the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) is an association of airlines from the nations of the African union and is today headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The primary purposes of AFRAA are to foster commercial and technical co-operation among African Airlines and to represent their common interests. AFRAA membership is spread across the entire continent and includes all the major intercontinental African operators. The association members represent over 80% of total international traffic carried by all African airlines.

Astral Aviation is a regional cargo airline that has been operating in the African skies for
the past 14 years, and has been rated as the leading African All Cargo Airline. Astral Aviation is located at the freighter-friendly, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, in Nairobi – Kenya, and operates a combination of schedule and adhoc charter flights to over 60 destinations within the intra-African network and Europe on its dedicated fleet of regional freighter aircrafts.

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