Kenya’s Astral Aviation becomes latest AFRAA member


(Posted 13th May 2014)

AFRAA, the African Airline Association, has confirmed that Kenya’s Astral Aviation, a cargo airline, has become their latest member following the just concluded AFRAA 3rd Aviation Suppliers and Stakeholders Convention in Nairobi, in which Astral participated.

Astral Aviation CEO Mr. Sanjeev Gadhia, when breaking the news, 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’.

Dr. Elijah Chingosho responded by saying: ‘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


The primary purposes of AFRAA, the pan-African airline association, is 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.

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