Kenya-based Astral Aviation plans to add to its fleet two freighter-converted 767Fs, Cargo Facts has learned.
The medium-widebody freighters will soon complement the carrier’s existing large widebody fleet, and are expected to open up new routes in support of the region’s perishables exports.
Astral expects to take a 767-200F within a matter of months, and is at an “advanced stage” for acquiring a 767-300F by year-end, according to Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral. The aircraft have already been converted to freighter configuration and will be leased, but have not yet been identified.
The carrier currently ACMI-leases a 747-400F (27603) and a 747-400BDSF (25700) from Air Atlanta Icelandic to support perishables exports to Europe from its Nairobi (NBO) hub. Cargo moving into Nairobi, meanwhile, is connected to thirteen scheduled destinations in Africa with Astral’s fleet of Fokker 27, DC-9 and 727-200 freighters. The 767Fs will enable longer intra-Africa segments as well as flights to destinations in the Middle East, such as Dubai (DXB). Astral expects to continue leasing the 747-400Fs.