Dubai-based Falcon Drones Technology FZ-LLC and Kenya-based cargo airline Astral Aviation have today signed a letter of intent for the airline to acquire two Lucas-F250 drones with an option to purchase an additional 10 in 2019.
The letter of intent states that Astral Aviation will be the exclusive operator of the Lucas F-250 drone in Kenya. The F-250 is an unmanned aerial vehicle with a range extending 1500km, an endurance of up to 10 hours, a cruise speed of 150km per hour and a maximum speed of 200km per hour. It also benefits from a cargo weight of up to 250 kilograms, capacity for EURO pallet dimensions, folding wings, a folding tail, fully autonomous takeoff and landing and Waypoint Navigation and landing.
Sanjeev S Gadhia, CEO of Astral Aviation commented: “The Falcon Drones technology is truly groundbreaking. At Astral, we are delighted to have secured this order with exclusivity in Kenya. It brings with it the exciting prospect of further expansion in the wider East Africa region.”
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Falcon Drones and we are thrilled to have signed this letter of intent,” said Kamel Alzarka, Chairman and Founder of Falcon Drones.
”We very much look forward to building a strong relationship with Astral Aviation in the coming years.”
About Falcon Drones Technology
Falcon Drones Technology FZ-LLC aims to revolutionise the cargo transportation sector with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Reliability, affordability and versatility are our core values.
Our goal is to effectively apply our values to danger zones, disaster relief, firefighting, freight, humanitarian aid and oil and gas services.
Falcon Drones Technology is founded and owned by Dubai-based entrepreneur Kamel Alzaka, who is also Chairman. Mr Alzaka is a serial entrepreneur having founded a number of successful companies.
About Astral Aviation
Astral Aviation is a licensed cargo airline based at the Africa Flight Services Cargo Terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.
Operating in Africa for over 15 years, Astral Aviation provides reliable and cost-effective airfreight solutions using a combination of schedule and charter flights within its intra-African and European network.
Astral operates a fleet of F27 (5 tons), DC9 (15 tons) and B727-200 (24 tons) freighters within its intra-African network, in addition to a wet-leased B747-400 freighter on the Nairobi – London and Liege sector. The deal represents its first foray into the growing drone delivery market.