Atlas Air has entered into a contract with Astral Aviation to provide a Boeing 747-400 Freighter service between Europe and Africa.
The contract is for one aircraft under an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance agreement, with the cargo service expected to begin in the “next few weeks,” according to Atlas Air, a New York-based cargo and passenger charter airline.
Astral Aviation, a Kenya-based cargo airline, operates in partnership with U.K.-based ANA Airline Management.
“Africa’s stature in global trade is rapidly increasing, and we look ahead to welcoming both a new customer for Atlas Air and to future opportunities for strategic expansion for both companies,” said William J. Flynn, president and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide, Atlas Air’s parent company, in a written statement.
Sanjeev Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation, added: “We are excited about the prospects for air cargo growth between Africa and Europe, as well as within Africa. The Nairobi hub generates the highest volumes of perishable exports into Europe and combined with the return loads of oil and gas equipment into West Africa, the B747-400F is the perfect freighter.”