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Astral Aviation


Mr Sanjeev S. Gadhia 


Astral Aviation

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 aircraft.

Corporate Address :

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, P O Box 594, Nairobi 00606, Kenya




AFRAA Membership

Established in: 2007

Became member in 2011

Ownership Structure

Fully Owned by Kenyans

Commercial Partnership

Kenya Airways, KLM Air France Group, Lufthansa Cargo, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Brussels Airlines, Swissair, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Saudia Airlines Cargo, Air Arabia, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Uganda, Precision Air, Rwanda Air, South African Airways, Air Mauritius, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Korean Airlines

Code Share Agreement with Emirates Cargo on the Johannesburg - Nairobi sector

Commercial Co-operation with ANA Aviation UK and Atlas Air USA on B747-400 Freighter which is operated by Astral Aviation on the Nairobi - London - Liege - Lagos - Nairobi sector

Destinations served

Domestic - 4

Intra-Africa - 9

Intercontinental - 2

Charters to over 50 destinations in Africa

No. of Employees 



Boeing 747-400F - 1

DC-9-34F - 1

Boeing 727-200F - 2 

Fokker F27 - 1

Cessna 208 Caravan - 2

Types of Services  rendered

Aircargo services on an interline basis from our Nairobi hub to the intra-African sector. In addition, Astral can offer competitive rates for perishables on its B747-400 Freighter bound for UK and Belgium

Training Facilities/Training Needs 

Astral Aviation currently has in-house training and also benefits from IATA and AFRAA External Training. Astral is implementing its IOSA program and has several training requirements which it needs to undertake.