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The East African : Nov 28th 2015
The EastAfrican NOVEMBER 28 - DECEMBER 4, 2015 AIR CARGO AND CHARTER FLIGHT SERVICES Special advertising section 1V Region offers strong market for air cargo The key drivers for growth will be oil and gas, along with consumer goods to meet the demand from a rising middle class By A CORRESPONDENT Special Correspondent on avoiding time-consuming delays, o≥ a tou≥ist on a tight schedule making the most of you≥ limited time in a count≥y, a celeb≥ity wanting the quickest connections between p≥ivate jets, o≥ just someone who needs something done u≥gently, flying is always the quickest and often the most cost-e≠ective way of getting a≥ound. But acqui≥ing a t≥usted W p≥ovide≥ of f≥eighte≥ capacity in the wo≥ld’s mo≥e challenging eme≥ging ma≥kets is not always an easy task. Many f≥eight fo≥wa≥de≥s opt fo≥ the use of quality cha≥te≥ b≥oke≥s fo≥ thei≥ ad-hoc outsize-ca≥go cha≥te≥ ≥equi≥ements, othe≥s look to establish wo≥king ≥elationship with local ai≥lines that have the expe≥tise and equipment to complete the hethe≥ you a≥e a business t≥avelle≥ heading to a meeting intent wide ≥ange of tasks and testing locations. As with the sma≥te≥ ship- pe≥s that seek a t≥usted local logistics p≥ovide≥ that has the skills and local ma≥ket expe≥tise to help avoid the pitfall that a≥e p≥evalent in many eme≥ging ma≥kets, the same stands t≥ue with f≥eight fo≥wa≥de≥s seeking ca≥≥ie≥s that have the local expe≥ience to ensu≥e thei≥ cha≥te≥ needs a≥e met. Sanjeev Gadhia, Ast≥al Aviation chief executive o∞ce≥, says that ove≥all Af≥ica is inc≥easingly a st≥ong ma≥ket fo≥ ai≥ ca≥go, with an ave≥age mix of 70 pe≥ cent scheduled and 30 pe≥ cent cha≥te≥ t≥a∞c. “The majo≥ity of the Eu- ≥opean and Middle Easte≥n f≥eighte≥ ca≥≥ie≥s ope≥ate on a scheduled basis into Af≥ica, with goods southbound load facto≥s into West and South Af≥ica combined with healthy no≥thbound volumes of pe≥ishable f≥om East Af≥ica into Eu≥ope,” say M≥ Gadhia. Fresh flowers: Horticulture relies on air cargo operators to get produce to the market on time The cha≥te≥ ma≥ket is much less p≥edictable and demand ≥ises and falls ≥apidly. So ≥emaining agile and ≥eactive to the ma≥ket is vital. “The cha≥te≥ ma≥ket is vib≥ant and in ≥ecent times has been d≥iven by aid and ≥elief ca≥goes bound fo≥ Cent≥al Af≥ican Republic and the West Af≥ica. In addition, last yea≥ saw a lot of cha≥te≥ demand in ≥elation to the Ebola c≥isis. Election mate≥ials also move on cha≥te≥s with good volumes into Nige≥ia.” Howeve≥, the ≥apid fall in global fuel p≥ices has had a d≥amatic e≠ect on cha≥te≥ demands in West Af≥ica as oil and gas logistics demand is tempe≥ed by the unfavou≥able p≥icing. The key d≥ive≥s fo≥ g≥owth will be oil and gas, along with options MANY FREIGHT FORWARDERS OPT FOR THE USE OF QUALITY CHARTER BROKERS FOR THEIR AD-HOC OUTSIZECARGO CHARTER REQUIREMENTS, OTHERS LOOK TO ESTABLISH WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH LOCAL AIRLINES consume≥ goods to meet the demand f≥om a ≥ising middle class population. In addition, e-comme≥ce is on the ≥ise in Af≥ica with online banking and c≥edit ca≥d t≥ansactions being a no≥m in many ≥egions. Despite these positive devel- opments, M≥ Gadhia says that the≥e is still much to be done in conf≥onting the many chal- The Biggest Air Cargo in Africa destinations in Af≥ica, Ast≥al Aviation is the leading ca≥go ai≥line in the continent. W Contact Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Cargo Terminal 4, Transglobal Cargo Centre P.O. Box 594-00606, Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254-20 827222/6, +254-733 827222, 710-827222, Charter desk: Charles Simiyu +254 885500, & Collins Oloo +254 700 390485 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.astral-aviation.com Ast≥al Aviation began its cha≥te≥ ope≥ations in the Yea≥ 2000 by t≥anspo≥ting mining equipment f≥om Nai≥obi to Mwanza on behalf of two gold-mines in Tanzania. The mining equipment was flown f≥om Eu≥ope and South Af≥ica into Nai≥obi fo≥ onwa≥d connection to Mwanza. On the ≥etu≥n, Ast≥al secu≥ed a cont≥act fo≥ Nile Pe≥ch fillets f≥om Mwanza to Nai≥obi which we≥e bound fo≥ Eu≥ope. This cha≥te≥ ope≥ation was ve≥y successful acco≥ding to Michael Mutahi, Chief Ope≥ations Office≥ of Ast≥al Aviation, and ≥educed significantly the t≥ansit times to the benefit of the mining and the fish expo≥te≥. Ast≥al now ope≥ates a th≥ice weekly schedule se≥vice f≥om Nai≥obi – Mwanza ith a fleet of seven ca≥go ai≥c≥afts and a netwo≥k of fifty which continues to benefit the mining community in Tanzania. Ast≥al Aviation has a ve≥satile fleet of ca≥go ai≥c≥afts which is the Fokke≥ 27 (5 tons), DC9 (15 tons), B727 (24 tons), MD11 (85 tons) and B747 (115 tons) which makes it the only ca≥go ai≥line in Af≥ica to have such a fleet, acco≥ding to Cha≥les Simiyu, Chief Comme≥cial Office≥ of Ast≥al Aviation. Acco≥ding to Sanjeev Gadhia, Founde≥ and CEO of Ast≥al Aviation, the cha≥te≥ desk has extensive expe≥ience in pe≥fo≥ming on-demand EXPERIENCE WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN OFFER SERVICES WITHIN AFRICA AND EUROPE THAT CANNOT BE OFFERED BY OTHER AIRLINES, THANKS TO OUR EXPERIENCE OF OPERATING IN THE REGION AND OUR FLEET DIVERSITY cha≥te≥s to va≥ious pa≥ts of Af≥ica. In 2015, Ast≥al has ope≥ated a numbe≥ of humanita≥ian flights into wa≥-st≥icken Yemen, whe≥e it ca≥≥ies aid and ≥elief to Sanaa and Socot≥a on behalf of the aid f≥ate≥nity. We have also pe≥fo≥med flights fo≥ election mate≥ials into Bangui in addition to peace-keeping ≥ations into Juba and Mogadishu, with a 98% pe≥fo≥mance ≥ate. In addition, Ast≥al has expe≥tise in the oil and gas secto≥ along with p≥oject equipment, which has been ve≥y beneficial into the Mtwa≥a ≥egion in Tanzania and Pemba, Mozambique. Nai≥obi is the pe≥fect ai≥ca≥go hub fo≥ Af≥ica, thanks to the wo≥ld-class ca≥go inf≥ast≥uctu≥e which exists at the f≥eighte≥-f≥iendly, Jomo Kenyatta Inte≥national Ai≥po≥t. In 2016, Ast≥al plans to inc≥ease its fleet with the acquisition of B737 ca≥go f≥eighte≥s which will inc≥ease its footp≥int in Af≥ica. lenges logistics ope≥ation face in Af≥ica. The key challenges a≥ise f≥om poo≥ inf≥ast≥uctu≥e and lack of investment f≥om the gove≥nments, which ≥esults in g≥eate≥ dependency on dono≥s and the p≥ivate secto≥. This lack of inf≥ast≥uctu≥e ≥esults in highe≥ inland costs, especially in landlocked count≥ies. Othe≥ challenges a≥e also hampe≥ing long-te≥m g≥owth, such as secu≥ity, lack of libe≥alisation, state monopolies and poo≥ Customs automation. The cha≥te≥ ma≥ket is much less p≥edictable and demand ≥ises and falls ≥apidly. So ≥emaining agile and ≥eactive to the ma≥ket is vital.
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