On the flight deck with… Sanjeev Gadhia

Sanjeev Gadhia, Astral Aviation

On the busy day of the inauguration of Astral Aviation’s new Boeing 767 fleet member, ACW managed to steal a minute with CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia.

Going in to 2021, what is one thing that makes you optimistic for air cargo recovery?

Vaccine rollout in parts of Europe, USA, India & China will improve business confidence, which will result in consumer spending as businesses will gradually re-open and air-cargo volumes will start to rise.

Have you any new years resolutions?

Invest my time in learning (Recently I signed up for a Stanford course in Design Thinking) and also to reduce my Golf Handicap

You wake up tomorrow and COVID was just a bad dream. Where would you book holiday to?


Astral has won the Africa All Cargo Carrier of the year 5 times. What makes you stand out from the rest?

Passion in fulfilling our client’s requirements in Africa by offering reliable and logical airfreight solutions.

If you weren’t CEO of Astral or in the aviation industry at all, what would job would you be doing?

I would be either running a Venture Capital Firm or an Investment Bank in Kenya (I am a Banker by profession).

You could only eat one for the rest of your life- sweet or savoury?


What’s the biggest change to the industry you have witnessed during your career?

Disruption in the way we work, interact and network.

What do you hope Astral to achieve this year?

Transport the Covid vaccine to every country in Africa, so that no country is left behind due to the lack of aircraft or capacity.