Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nairobi-based cargo operator Astral Aviation to “enhance cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi”.
The MoU will expand on a Service Level Agreement (SLA) signed between the two parties in 2021, according to a statement released by Astral Aviation.
From April 1, 2023, Etihad Cargo customers will have access to additional cargo capacity out of Nairobi via the introduction of additional services from Nairobi to Etihad Cargo’s hub in Abu Dhabi
The MoU will allow Etihad Cargo to expand its reach in the African market, while enabling Astral Aviation to operate more flights to the UAE’s capital, supported by Etihad Cargo, the statement highlighted.
“The signing of this MoU demonstrates Etihad Cargo and Astral Aviation’s shared commitment to joint network development and providing a more comprehensive solution to international cargo transportation between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi,” said Martin Drew, senior vice president, Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Airways.
“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,” Drew added.
Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation, said that the MoU firmed Astral Aviation’s strategy to expand its global network and enhance accessibility and connectivity via Etihad’s Abu Dhabi.
“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.” Gadhia added.
According to the statement, Astral Aviation and Etihad Cargo will share up to 50% of all available capacity on the new Nairobi-Abu Dhabi-Nairobi flights, increasing the capacity Etihad Cargo offers air cargo and air mail customers.