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- Astral Aviation

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On behalf of the board of directors of Astral Aviation, I would like to thank you for expressing interest in Astral Aviation, which is Africa's most dynamic cargo airline.

As the founder and CEO of Astral Aviation, it has been an absolute pleasure to fly the blue skies of Africa, which is a continent of immense opportunity, yet so dependent on the skies for the movement of cargoes across its borders.

The company was formed 13 years ago with humble beginnings as a charter airline operating a fleet of wet-leased Russian aircrafts, and thereafter transforming into a scheduled carrier following the designation status as a national carrier.

In 2009, Astral implemented a fleet renewal program from wet-leased Russian aircrafts to dry-leased DC9 Freighters which it operates to date on the intra- African network. In 2014 Astral will embark on an ambitious expansion strategy which will involve the acquisition of six MD 83 aircrafts over a period of 3 years, and establish a West African and South African hub.

With a diverse client base comprising of the world's best interline partners, freight forwarders, GSA's,charter brokers, UN Agencies and aid organizations, Astral Aviation has been truly fortunate to be recognized as the MARKET LEADER in Eastern Africa and the voice of the industry in the continent.

In 2011 and 2013 Astral was awarded African All Cargo Carrier by Stat Times.

The next 5 year will be exciting for Astral as we embark on an ambitious, yet cautious, expansion strategy which will involve the acquisition of B737-400F and a network expansion on the intra-African sector.

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yellow square Our History

Astral Aviation Ltd. was incorporated in Kenya as a Private Company on 2 November 2000 (as C. 91739). Astral Aviation was awarded its Air Service License (ASL) in May 2001 and its Air Operators Certificate (AoC) in July 2001.

The License entitles the Company to provide air services between Kenya Africa, Europe and Middle East as follows:

yellow arrow Non-scheduled all cargo service within Africa, Europe and Middle East

yellow arrow International scheduled all-cargo service as per Ministry of Transport designation:
• United Kingdom
• Belgium
• Tanzania
• Uganda
• Rwanda
• South Sudan
• D R Congo
• Burundi
• Mozambique
• Comoros
• South Africa

Astral Aviation holds valid Air Service Licenses in the following countries:
South Sudan | Uganda | Tanzania | Somalia

Astral Aviation was designated as a national carrier by the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Kenya in November 2006.

Astral Aviation operated as a charter airline operating an extensive fleet of wet-leased Russian freighters from 2001 2006 for specialized projects in the mining sector, perishables and air-drop of food in South Sudan.

In 2007 Astral changed its business strategy by operating as a scheduled carrier which it maintains to date.

In 2009, Astral acquired a fleet of DC9 & B727 Freighter on dry-lease basis which it operates on a combination of schedule and charter flights to date Astral operates a reliable and efficient schedule service on the DC 9F on the following routes:

Nairobi Juba - Nairobi
Nairobi Dar-es-Salaam - Nairobi
Nairobi Mwanza - Nairobi
Nairobi Entebbe Nairobi
Nairobi Kigali - Nairobi
Nairobi Mogadishu - Nairobi
Nairobi Pemba - Nairobi

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Within its intra-African network, which encompasses 50 destinations, Astral operates a combination of scheduled and ad-hoc charters along with value-added services. Its interline agreements with over 20 Interline Partners; along with preferential agreements with the leading global and local freight forwarders; and partnerships with over 25 global GSA's facilitate the consolidation and transshipment of in-bound cargoes at the freighter-friendly Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Astral Aviation's focus is to maintain a solid intra-African network which will be served by a combination of schedule and charter flights. Its current footprint which encompasses Eastern Africa with its dynamic Nairobi hub enables it to actively serve the economies of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia and Mozambique with its current DC9 Fleet.

Astral Aviation expects to acquire a fleet of B737- 400F in 2014 - 16 which will result in further expansions in the intra-African sector with increased frequency on the existing routes and network expansion into D. R. Congo, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Chad and Central African Republic.

Long term strategies relate to further intra-African expansion with additional hubs in Lagos, Nigeria to cover the oil-rich economies of West Africa, and Johannesburg, South Africa to cover the economies of Southern Africa.

Astral Aviation's ultimate strategy is to operate the largest cargo network in A frica w ith three independent hubs in Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg, and to eventually operate freighters into Europe, Middle East and China bound with exports from South and East Africa and return with imports for the entire continent.

yellow square Value Added Services - Sea Air Services

Astral offers a unique but limited sea-air service from the Ports of Mombasa to the land-locked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, D. R. Congo, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, and Chad, to name but a few.

Astral combines the sea-freight, transit clearance at the port, warehousing, and airfreight to the enddestination, thus reducing the cost, transit time, and the number of intermediaries involved.

Astral will enter into a strategic partnership with a leading shipping company to provide the vital link to a sea-air service which will be the only one of its kind in the continent and will complement existing sea-air products for Africa currently undertaken in Dubai.

In time, Astral will expand its sea-air product to cover West Africa and Southern Africa

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To read more, download the pdf below

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