Star Announces Sales Agreement with Astral Aviation Nairobi Kenya for the Purchase of the STAR-ISMS (“In-Flight Safety Monitoring Systems”) for 7 Cargo Aircraft

Star Navigation Systems PR
Published on: June 13, 2022

Brampton, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – June 13, 2022) – Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. (CSE: SNA) (CSE: SNA.CN) (“Star” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the signing of a Sales Agreement with Astral Aviation of Kenya (“Astral”) to purchase seven (7) units of the STAR-ISMS®. (In-Flight Safety Monitoring System) for seven (7) of its Cargo fleet, with an option of a further 3 aircraft within the next 12 months.The total value of the contract is USD1.2M over the 5-year term for the 7 aircraft. Star will receive a deposit totalling $40,000 USD on the order over the next four months.

Astral is a member of the Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI).

Astral is a licensed cargo airline flying in Africa for 22 years. Astral provides reliable and cost-effective air-freight solutions using a combination of scheduled and charter flights along with leasing services within its Intra-African, Middle East, Asian and European Network.

Astral operates a fleet of a variety of aircraft within its Intra-African, Middle East, Asian and European network which is comprised of 50 destinations. It has agreements with over 30 Interline Partners, along with preferential agreements with the leading global and local freight forwarders. It also has partnerships with over 25 Global General Sales Agents (“GSA”), to facilitate the consolidation of cargoes at the freighter-friendly Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Kenya), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dubai (UAE) and Liege Airport (Belgium).

Mr. Amir Bhatti, Chief Executive Officer of Star said: “This Astral Aviation sale is a testament of consistent marketing and sales efforts from the Star sales team. The Star Engineering team is already in Nairobi inspecting the Astral Aviation aircraft. Star has initiated work towards obtaining Supplemental Type Certificates (“STC”) for the B767, B757, B727 and DC9 aircraft with Astral Engineering and Flight Operations. These efforts will increase the STC base of Star for future sales of these types to other airlines. We are excited to have this opportunity to work with the Astral Team and providing them with a solution to improve safety and optimize their aircraft operations with enhanced situational awareness.”

Mr. Mike Mutahi, Chief Operating Officer of Astral Aviation said: “Integrating our flight operations with the Star system will provide Astral operations new dimensions in optimizing our efforts in sustainable growth. From flight safety to engineering and maintenance to flight operations and dispatch, the Star system has the ability to provide deep and meaningful business intelligence through flight data analytics. This will help us in the long term to further optimize our operations and provide opportunities on a real time basis. This information and analysis is considered essential and crucial for all integrated operations.”

About Star Navigation Systems

Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. manufactures the In-flight Safety Monitoring System, STAR-ISMS®, the heart of the STAR-A.D.S.® System. The STAR-A.D.S.® System has real-time capability of tracking, performance trends and predicting incident-occurrences which enhances aviation safety and improves fleet management while reducing costs for the operator. Star’s MMI Division designs and manufactures high performance, mission critical, flight deck flat panel displays for defence and commercial aviation industries worldwide.

About Astral Aviation

Astral aviation is a cargo airline based in Nairobi, Kenya. It was established in November 2000 and started operations in January 2001. It operates scheduled and non-scheduled ad-hoc cargo charters to regional destinations in Africa and to Liege in Belgium.

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