Etihad Cargo, Astral Aviation Sign MoU To Expand African Network

Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation sign MoU.

Etihad Boeing 777 Freighter
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Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways and Astral Aviation Ltd., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in February 2023.

Through the comprehensive MoU, Etihad Cargo’s customers will benefit from additional cargo capacity out of Nairobi via the introduction of additional services from Nairobi to Etihad Cargo’s hub in Abu Dhabi from 1 April 2023.

This latest agreement builds on Astral Aviation’s expanding partnership with Abu Dhabi, which will see Astral Aviation operating more flights to the UAE’s capital, supported by Etihad Cargo.


“The partnership will enable Etihad Cargo to expand its African network and offer increased cargo capacity both into and out of Nairobi, strengthening the connection between the two cities via this key route and further developing this critical African gateway.” –Martin Drew, SVP – Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Airways.

“We look forward to transporting Perishables from Kenya into Abu Dhabi and beyond on Etihad’s network, and on the return with cargoes from Asia, USA and Europe to connect into Astral’s Intra African network in Nairobi. This cooperation will create new opportunities for our respective clients and will be a win-win partnership.” –Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation.