Over 57 tones of urgent relief goods were transported by Network Airline Management, the freighter division of the Network Aviation Group, on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross to a field hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
The cargo, which was mainly IV fluid, was flown from Liege to Nairobi on Astral’s and Network Airline Management’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 Network Airline Management (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 4 from Nairobi with their B727-200F, and, in conjunction with NAM, operate flights three times a week from Liege to Nairobi.
Andy Walters, commercial director, said, “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.”