Cargo B Airlines, the Brussels-based all cargo specialists, has signed an interline agreement with Astral Aviation of Nairobi.
Cargo B operates 3 weekly B747 F flights from Brussels to Nairobi, whilst Astral offers capacity on DC9F to and from its Nairobi hub to Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Zanzibar, Juba, Kigali, Bujumbura and Entebbe. In addition to joining forces on this network, from their hub at Nairobi, the partners are able to offer a combination of full or part charters to many other African destinations.
Niek Van Der Weide Executive VP commercial and Sanjeev Gadhia CEO of Astral Aviation (pictured) share the conviction, during the World Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, that the interline deal opens up many future mutual opportunities. ‘We can now serve African markets once more with flights to destinations such as Kinshasa, Libreville, Nairobi and Ndjamena with Johannesburg operating twice per week. The increase in capacity also offers good possibilities and capacity for part and full charters, for which there is a significant demand. We are now operating on a level playing field in terms of competing with other carriers already operating with fuel efficient aircraft, capable of carrying higher payloads over longer distances.
‘Cargo B continues to use the first of these 747-400Fs on the three weekly flights to Latin America, serving Sao Paulo, Lima, Quito and Bogota and Caracas. For Cargo B, this new era opens up future possibilities for entering new markets and routes.’