Aero Africa group expands its operations in China and the U.A.E by launching a new sea-air combined transport product from Asia to 70 African destinations via Dubai.
The new SAS product (Sea Air Solution) provides specific benefits to regional economies, airlines, airports, seaports, shipping companies, forwarders, importers, and exporters, while its Dubai hub is highly strategic in terms of time, transport, infrastructure facilities and storage costs.

“SAS is responsive to the client’s needs for a solution to service their logistical dilemma between Asia & Africa. Sea/Air multimodal Transport is quite demanding in terms of the links in the chain, and it is refreshing to see Aero Africa dedicating their team in Asia, ME and africa all focused to deliver an integrated multimodal solution to the satisfaction of their clients. “ said Chair Prof. Issa Baluch, a pioneer in Sea-Air multimodal transport and Advisory Board Member .

Jay Cameron, Corporate Product Director, said: “SAS is faster than sea freight and more economical than airfreight and it reduces CO2 emissions up to 50 %.The documentation is overseen by a CTD, a single non-negotiable cohesive document which combines AWB and Bill of Lading and is governed by Standard Conditions (1997) of the FIATA multimodal Transport Waybill “


“Freight forwarders and their clients can now avoid congested shipping lanes with long transit time (particularly to land-locked African countries and West Africa) and manage efficiently complex supply chain lead times and utilize strong pre-booked cargo capacity and BSAs ex Dubai to Africa. SAS estimated transit times from Asia to Africa range from 17-25 days depending on the origin and destination, while we only offer direct ocean carrier FCL services to Jebel Ali with weekly departures, and we maintain full control of cargo and capacity with our own service centers in China, UAE, and Africa.” Added Mrs Joey Xu, Director Airfreight China.

Aero Africa is an air cargo management group dedicated to providing African logistics solutions and neutral value-added services to the international logistics and aviation community.


Aero Africa, the air cargo management group has appointed Absolom Ngari as its Director Strategy, GSSA & Airline Partnerships for the group, effective April 1, 2023.

Prior to this, Absolom served as Aero Africa’s General Manager for East Africa since July 1, 2022. He has overseen the setting up of Aero Africa’s East Africa control tower office in Kenya, as well as managing all operations, commercial activities, and business administration in Kenya and the East Africa, which he will continue to do alongside his new role.

In his new role as Aero Africa’s Director Strategy, GSSA & Airline Partnership, Absolom will be responsible for spearheading the Aero Africa Aviation, the group’s cargo GSSA business, managing its commercial activities, product development, strategic leadership, contract management, managing airlines partnerships across the African continent. He will also be instrumental in the development and implementation of the Aero Africa group’s global strategic initiatives, as well as other business development responsibilities, while working closely with Aero Africa’s top leadership team.

Absolom has a proven track record of working with leading global cargo airlines, aviation companies, and cargo GSSAs in Africa for the past 17 years. He is an accomplished air cargo management professional with a strong background in Africa Air Cargo Market, Strategic Leadership, Global Cargo Sales, Commercial Management, Contract Management, Customer Service, Product and Business Development and Administration, Negotiation, and Operations Management.

Absolom has previously held senior positions at Global Focus Logistics Ltd (a former Kenya GSSA partner of ECS Group), Turkish Airlines Africa Cargo’s Africa Directorate, TAL Aviation Cargo (an Israeli GSSA company), Africa Direct Ltd (a GSSA for Ethiopian Airlines Cargo), Africa Potential Consulting, and Swissport Cargo Services.

Absolom has extensive knowledge in the aviation cargo industry and fundamental airfreight skills, which have earned him a reputable image within the aviation industry. Absolom has a Bachelor of Management and Leadership degree and is currently pursuing an MBA in Strategic Management. He also has several academic diplomas, aviation training, and air freight industry certifications.

“AB has proved his expertise and experience in the airline/GSSA field over the last months and I’m sure this will take us from strength to strength and add value to goals. I am confident that he will be a valuable asset to our company in his new role as Director Strategy, GSSA and Airline Partnerships.”

Aero Africa CEO – Africa, Jade Da Costa.

Joey Xu is the director of Airfreight China for Aero Africa, a neutral B2B air cargo logistics company that offersout of the ordinary solutions for the African continent. In this interview, we’ll speak with Joey about the challenges of the Chinese air cargo market and how Aero Africa is addressing these challenges.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Aero Africa and your experience in the air cargo industry?

A: As the director of Airfreight China for Aero Africa, I lead our team in providing import solutions for the Chinese market. I have 25+ years of experience in the Airfreight & Logistics sector, working with leading industry players.

Q: What are some of the challenges of the Chinese air cargo market?

A: In the past 3 years of Covid-19 period, the high demand, high freight rates, and high cargo volumes in the international air cargo market in China have directly led to the rapid growth of orders for all cargo aircrafts. This year, with the continuous delivery of cargo aircrafts and the rapid recovery of international passenger flights, there is a potential for excess freight capacity.

Meanwhile, In 2023, the global economic development will suffer from a variety of adverse factors, such as a downward economic cycle, trade recession, stagnation of globalisation, Russia-Ukraine conflict, and rising inflation etc. The pressure on the economy and changes in market situations will directly lead to changes in the air cargo situation.

Beyond COVID, traditionally the Chinese air cargo market is complex and challenging, with a range of factors that can impact the successful import and export of goods. The Chinese air cargo market is highly competitive, with a large number of companies offering similar services. This can make it difficult for companies to differentiate themselves and attract customers. Additionally, The Chinese government has put in place several regulations that impact the air cargo industry, including customs regulations and import/export controls. Navigating these regulations can be complex and can result in delays and increased costs. Finally, the Chinese air cargo market is constantly evolving, with new technologies and trends emerging all the time. This can make it difficult for companies to keep up with changes and maintain a competitive edge.

Q: How does Aero Africa address these challenges?

A: In recent years, with the promotion of the “the Belt and Road” strategy, the cooperation between China and Africa in trade, tourism, culture and other aspects has been deepening, which has led to the continuous growth of business between China and Africa.

Currently, there are 19 routes between China and Africa, including the major airports in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Changsha). Overall, the scale of the air transportation market in China and Africa is still small and the market potential is large. I believe our potential is unlimited.

Aero Africa has a deep understanding of the Chinese air cargo market and has developed a range of solutions to address the challenges outlined above. Aero Africa offers customised import solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of our clients. This allows us to differentiate ourselves from competitors and provide a higher level of service to our clients. Our team is experienced in navigating the complex regulations that impact the Chinese air cargo market. We provide expert guidance and support to help our clients comply with regulations and avoid delays and additional costs. This allows us to offer the most advanced and efficient solutions to our clients.

With an African network in over 84 airports covering all 54 countries, and with selected trusted air cargo professionals in each, we offer bespoke, cost-effective solutions, to and from the African continent. Our potential is unlimited.

Q: What sets Aero Africa apart from other companies in the Chinese air cargo market?

A: We are dedicated in Africa trade lane. Our services include airfreight wholesale & brokerage, freight collect, neutral consolidations, as well as final miles solutions including service to remote and hard to reach destinations in Africa. We are also flexible in providing customers with different services and options to meet their needs. As the main hub of Aero-Africa in China, we not only base ourselves on the local market, but also build airline channels to connect China and Africa markets. Later this year we also launch our Sea-Air Transport Service from China to 60 African destinations which will be a unique new product targeting the landlocked African trade lanes.

Aero Africa places a strong emphasis on providing excellent customer service. We are responsive, communicative, and dedicated to helping our clients succeed. Finally, Aero Africa is committed to continuous improvement and invests in the latest technologies and processes to stay at the forefront of the Chinese air cargo market.


Beginning 30 March 2023, Aero Africa has been the appointed Cargo General Sales & Services Agent (GSSA) for Salam Air in Kenya.

Salam Air freighter service from Nairobi (NBO) to Oman (MCT) is set to start from the April 9, 2023, with a once-weekly Airbus A321 passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion aircraft. (A321-200P2F Cargo Freighter). The frequency will be increased to twice weekly soon due to increased demand for perishable air freight capacity from Kenya to Oman.

Aero Africa is an air cargo management group dedicated to providing African logistic solutions and neutral value-added services to the global logistics and aviation community.

Salam Air is an Oman-based low-cost carrier that serves as the Sultanate of Oman’s second national carrier.

For Booking & Reservations:
Aero Africa Mashariki Cargo Solutions Ltd
Airport Trade Centre, 2nd Floor, JKIA, Nairobi. Kenya
Contact Person: Absolom Ngari
Director Strategy, GSSA & Airline Partnership
Cell: (+254) 729 733731

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