Wednesday, June 19, 2024
NAM and Astral Aviation fly urgent relief goods to Somaliland

NAM and Astral Aviation fly urgent relief goods to Somaliland

Network Airline Management (NAM) and Astral Aviation transported over 57 tonnes of urgent humanitarian relief goods on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross to a field hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland earlier this month.

The cargo, which was mainly IV fluid, was flown from Liege to Nairobi on Astral’s and NAM’s wet leased B747-400F. From Nairobi, it was transported to Hargeisa via three consecutive B727-200F charter flights operated by Astral Aviation.

The alliance between NAM and Astral Aviation resulted in a seamless operation from NAM’s hub in Liege via the Astral hub in Nairobi to its destination in Hargeisa.

Astral has recently announced scheduled services to Hargeisa operating every day from Nairobi with their B727-200F, and, in conjunction with NAM, operate flights three times a week from Liege to Nairobi.

NAM commercial director, Andy Walter says: “The flight, for our customer NEO Charter Air and the Charterstore, sent IV fluid to a local hospital which treats over 140 cholera patients daily.

“The Red Cross is providing vital healthcare to thousands of people and these life-saving supplies are invaluable and will help to reduce the numbers of children dying from cholera in this area.”

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James Graham

James Graham is an award-winning transport media journalist with a long background in the commercial freight sector, including commercial aviation and the aviation supply chain. He was the initial Air Cargo Week journalist and retuned later for a stint as editor. He continues his association as editor of the monthly supplements. He has reported for the newspaper from global locations as well as the UK.

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