In an effort to boost trade between Africa and the Middle East, Kenya Airways Cargo (KQ Cargo) has agreed to codeshare with Astral Aviation, an air freighter located in Nairobi.
The biggest air freight handler in Africa is Astral Aviation, which has a complex network with bases in Dubai, Nairobi, Johannesburg, and Liege. Utilizing a combination of scheduled and charter flights, it offers reliable air freight services.
When Astral flies into Nairobi from Dubai, Kenya Airways Cargo will place its codeshare flight numbers there for distribution throughout Africa.
KQ Cargo, which offers air freight services to more than 54 important international locations, is also a significant cargo handler in Africa. Dick Murianki, the freighter’s director, made a favorable observation about this arrangement.
He claimed that by working together, both airlines would have additional opportunities to increase trade between the UAE and Africa.”KQ Cargo and Astral have had a long-standing commercial partnership for the past 20 years, and this partnership is a continuation of our efforts to strengthen collaboration and partnerships among African Airlines and boost intercontinental trade while driving sustainable development of the African continent,” he added.
Chief Executive Officer of Astral, Sanjeev Gadhia
For years, the two Airlines have effectively coexisted. The Chief Executive Officer of Astral, Sanjeev Gadhia, has great expectations for this first-ever alliance between two African air freighters. He stated to the media,
“This codeshare agreement, a first between two significant players in the cargo sector in Africa, will result in a more effective timetable and improved capacity for African businessmen wanting to import goods from the Middle East.”
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Astral Aviation and Kenya Airways Cargo
Additionally to Nairobi and Eastern Africa, Astral Aviation and Kenya Airways Cargo provide supplies. The Middle East and Southern Africa would benefit from increased trade thanks to this arrangement, which would include a center in Johannesburg.
An average of $3 billion in trade occurs annually between Dubai and Southern Africa, with the most important trade commodities being machinery, electronics, fruit, and vegetables, steel for construction, and metals.
Africa’s largest air cargo network will be created through this cooperation, which will use a shared fleet that includes a Fokker, a DC9 freighter, and a variety of Boeing freighters, including the 727-200, 767-200, 757-200, and 747-400F. Many African regions will be covered by the two operating out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Astral Aviation made headlines earlier this month for another collaboration. The cargo handler formed a strategic alliance with Air Logistics Group, one of the top general sales and services agents for cargo in the world.
Through this alliance, Astral will be able to reach more customers in Kenya, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the United States and expand its network into Europe and the USA. Its new perishables service has an international market share that it wants to develop.
United Kingdom, and the United States
Sanjeev Gadhia said, “We look forward to our partnership with Air Logistics Group, which will be responsible for promoting Astral Aviation in the strategic markets of Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
This partnership will also cover Astral’s intra-African scheduled network of 50 destinations, which are served from its Nairobi Hub, as well as new point-to-point destinations from its Liege Hub to Africa.
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