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Asia stands as Africa’s predominant alternate companion, with a fundamental influx of e-commerce and digital goods from China. These goods typically pass thru Hong Kong en-path to the spot, alongside prescribed pills essentially originating from India.

Alternatively, the existing freighter capability between Asia and Africa remains restricted. As a result, well-known of the cargo traverses thru Middle Eastern hubs or, in sure cases, European ones.

This scarcity of affirm passenger routes between Asia and Africa extra constrains belly capability, underscoring the necessity to expand airfreight operations thru dedicated freighters.

“Astral Aviation affords dedicated capability on its B767F for scheduled and adhoc charters to and from Asia-Pacific (APAC) spot which accounts for 40 percent of its flights,” Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aviation’s CEO, highlighted.

“Connecting airfreight from Hong Kong and Guangzhou into Astral’s Nairobi Hub affords a legitimate and efficient float of e-commerce cargoes for Africa.”

Purpose market

Astral Aviation’s focal level is on niche markets from the APAC Plan to the Middle East and Africa, offering a aggregate of advert hoc and scheduled flights that are tailor-made for e-commerce shipments.

The Boeing 767F, with a payload of between 40-50 tonnes, is an splendid freighter for mid-sized volumes with level-to-level solutions which affords Astral a competitive advantage.

“Astral Aviation plans to commence scheduled flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi and Johannesburg with conclude from July 2024 following the appearance of its B767-300F, which will provide novel alternatives and capacities for airfreight from China – Africa,” Gadhia outlined.

Trending upwards

Forging interline collaborations with a form of airways in Asia, critically China Southern, Cathay Pacific, SF Notify and China Airlines, Astral Aviation has worked to advertise the consolidation and distribution of cargoes destined for Africa in a form of hubs.

Over the final 365 days, this has led to the provider experiencing over 30 percent development in the Asia Pacific Plan, inclined to carry by 15 percent yearly from 2025 onwards.

“Right here’s a mighty enchancment from 2021 – mid 2022, when exports from the APAC spot had been at the lowest ranges following Covid-19 and the slack resumption of exports, in particular from China,” Gadhia proudly talked about.