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Aviacargo: Kenya’s Astral Aviation Set to Become Launch Customer for Embraer’s E190F Cargo Conversion Jet in 2024

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Crossover jets are not just bridging the divide between regional and mainline passenger aircraft; they are also fulfilling a crucial role in the freight sector.

According to aviationweek.com, Kenya-based Astral Aviation is scheduled to be the launch customer for Embraer’s E190F cargo conversion, with delivery scheduled for late 2024.

The E190F will join Astral’s varied fleet, whose capacities range from the Fokker F50 (seven tons), up to the Boeing 747-400F (110 tons). In payload terms, the E190F, with a payload of 10.7 tonnes, will slot in between the F50 and the Boeing 727-200F (22 tonnes).

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The Nairobi-based freight specialist is also taking delivery of the initial A320P2F, which is being converted by ST Engineering.

There are several reasons for Astral’s involvement in two new freighter variants, said CEO Sanjeev Gadhia.

“The A320F is an excellent narrow-body freighter which is well-suited for India and will operate as a regional freighter covering parts of Asia.

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“It is currently being used for carrying mobile phones and electronics from Hanoi to Delhi while the E190F will focus on e-commerce and general cargoes.

“The Embraer 190F fits well as a feeder-aircraft and will operate from Astral’s hub in Nairobi and will fly to destinations in east, central and southern Africa, as well as the Horn of Africa, expanding the airline’s cargo footprint in Africa.”

The E190F will be leased from Nordic Aviation Capital, launch lessor for the type.

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