Astral teams up with Drone Delivery Canada to target Kenya market

By Damian Brett

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) and Africa-based freighter operator Astral Aviation’s drone division are teaming up to potentially launch drone operations in Kenya.

DDC, via its sales agent Air Canada, signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Astral Aerial Solutions that will see them co-operate and work jointly with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to identify and analyze market opportunities in Kenya for DDC’s drone delivery solution with the intent to work towards a definitive agreement for that market.

DDC president and chief executive Michael Zahra said: “As our first international opportunity, we are pleased to be working with Astral Aerial towards an agreement for DDC’s drone logistics solution in Kenya.

“There are numerous potential applications from traditional last-mile cargo to mining, oil and gas, healthcare, humanitarian aid and infrastructure inspection services.”

Sanjeev Gadhia, chief executive of Astral Aerial Solutions and Astral Aviation, added: “We are honored to co-operate with Drone Delivery Canada, and to learn from their experience in providing innovative drone-based logistics platforms in Canada that can be applied in Africa. The Canadian technology can benefit various sectors in Africa especially in Healthcare and accessibility to remote communities.”

Astral has long displayed an interest in the drone market, seeing it as a way of reaching remote communities in Africa where overland infrastructure is limited.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest airfreight disruptors news

Rocket Cargo: Airfreight but not as we know it

By Damian Brett

The US Department of the Air Force (DAF) has revealed a new project where it will examine whether it can…

Read More

Share this story

Drones back on the agenda for air cargo

By Damian Brett

Before the pandemic hit the world of air cargo, there were five or six industry developments that were constantly hitting…

Read More

Share this story

Amazon Air expands again but are third-party services on the horizon?

By Damian Brett

Amazon Air increased its daily flying by 15% between August and February and further increases are expected during the spring,…

Read More

Share this story