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Old February 18th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Ghana | Airports and Aviation News

Aero Surveys Limited, a West African regional carrier, operating under the commercial name ”Starbow” has just finalised the lease of another two BAe 146 jetliners bringing its total fleet size to four jets in less than six months.

Starbow started domestic operations in Ghana on Monday 26 September 2011 with its maiden flight to Kumasi. Starbow’s patronage has increased overwhelmingly since it commenced operations and now serves Kumasi with 16 flights a week, Tamale with 7 flights a week and Takoradi with 5 flights a week.

Regionally, Starbow plans to offer direct air services from Accra, Ghana to capital cities of neighbouring countries in the second quarter of 2012 namely, Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Monrovia in Liberia and Cotonou in Benin.

Starbow is leasing the aircraft from Riva Investments Limited, a lessor based in the British Virgin Islands, which has purchased the aircraft from Falko Regional Aircraft Limited. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled in May 2012.

Building on its very strong opening performance, Starbow continues to place its faith in the BAe 146 which was designed for, and is very well suited to, the regional routes planned by the airline.

This is mainly due to the vast majority of routes being quite short and operating from some limited access airfields. The aircraft’s high wing and four engine configuration is complemented by tail-mounted air brakes and optional steep approach modifications to extend the aircraft’s potential into airfields formerly accessible to turboprop aircraft alone.


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Stelios to Invest $500 Million in Low-Cost West Africa Airline

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of discount carrier EasyJet Plc, plans to invest $500 million in a low-cost African airline with Ghana’s capital, Accra, as its regional hub.

“We could link Ghana to 10 or 15 different countries in West Africa,” said Ed Winter, former chief operating officer of EasyJet and a member of the management team of Stelios, who goes by his first name. They are in Ghana to conduct studies into starting the airline, he said in an interview in Accra Feb. 20. “We are looking at 15 aircraft with an investment value of $500 million.”

Ghana’s economy, the second-biggest in West Africa at $31 billion, has attracted interest from airlines since the 2007 discovery of oil for export at the Jubilee field. United Airlines and Turkish Airlines began flights in 2010, while TAP of Portugal started flying last year.

The low-cost airline, called Fastjet, would carry 5 million passengers each year in the region, White said in an e-mailed response to questions.

West Africa is “so underserved” by airlines, said Geoffrey White, chief executive officer of Lonrho Plc (LONR), in an interview in Accra Feb. 20. Lonrho operates Fly540, a low-cost airline that operates in East Africa and runs domestic flights in Ghana and Angola. It is looking to “potentially partner Stelios” in its African operations, White said.

High aviation taxes are barriers to operating in West Africa, said Winter. “We could start with five aircrafts in the first year and add the 10 aircraft well within two years, but that relies very much on bringing tax levels in West Africa down to the same levels we see in Europe and Asia,” he said.

Winter and other officials with Stelios’s group plan to meet with officials of Ghana’s aviation, transport and trade ministries to discuss the need to lower tariffs, he said.
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This is BIG news. This is LONG overdue. It will increase links between countries and tourism including business tourism will grow. I will post it in the main group.
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i can finally fly to dakar without needing to save for a year! great news!
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Old February 29th, 2012, 09:27 PM   #5
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Sir Stelios plans west African venture

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Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou is planning to launch his new airline venture in west Africa in the coming months with up to 15 jets in what may eventually become an African version of EasyJet, the UK low-cost carrier he founded.

Sir Stelios is poised to report the results of a feasibility study run by his EasyGroup management team for Rubicon, a cash shell which raised £9m in a December placing to fund the launch of the airline, to be called Fastjet.

The study is expected to recommend that Fastjet link about six west African countries to Accra, the Ghanaian capital. Two people familiar with the study said that up to 15 aircraft could be leased initially. If successful, Fastjet will eventually expand across Africa, they added, to become the first pan-African low-cost carrier.

“There’s a very serious plan to make Rubicon into a very serious low-cost carrier,” said David Lenigas, a Rubicon board member and chairman of Lonrho, the pan-African conglomerate.

“One of the attractions is that west Africa is very poorly served other than with national carriers that don’t have the proper models to do regional low-cost service,” said Geoffrey White, Lonrho chief executive and also a Rubicon board member. “The initial assumption could look to have 5m passengers a year passing through Ghana.”

Lonrho owns a 12.7 per cent stake in Rubicon and also runs Fly540, a low-cost airline that operates regionally in east Africa and domestically in Ghana and Angola.

“There’s probably going to be an association with Fly540 in Ghana and it will make the whole thing bigger and a whole lot better,” said Mr Lenigas.

Rob Burnham, chairman of Rubicon, said there was space for collaboration with Fly540 but cautioned against suggestions of a reverse takeover on grounds that the airline did not have a jet fleet. “That doesn’t fit with our long-term plans, but Fly540 does operate in Ghana and it does have some infrastructure that could be of use for us in launching this.”

On speculation that Fastjet could rapidly expand throughout the whole of Africa, Sir Stelios tried to damp down expectations. “The concept works best on short flights of about one to two hours,” he told the Financial Times. “This company has to learn how to walk before it can run.”

Sir Stelios said that he has not yet decided whether he will invest directly in Rubicon. Earlier reports suggested that Sir Stelios was planning on making a $500m investment in Fastjet.

In December, Rubicon received exclusive branding rights for Fastjet from EasyGroup for 12 months in exchange for a payment of £480,000, a 5 per cent stake in the company and further royalty fees.

A day ahead of a much anticipated showdown over bonus pay with EasyJet executives, Sir Stelios said that Fastjet would not violate the terms of his non-compete agreements with EasyJet. “Even if it is still in force, it has a very narrow restriction in time and geography,” he added.
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Old March 6th, 2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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More Flights, Cheaper Fares

Increasing competition is making domestic air travel cheaper and more flier-friendly in Ghana.

Over the past six months, airfares charged domestic flights within Ghana have plummeted dramatically, giving some respite to air travelers who have long complained that the cost of ticketing by air, not just within Ghana, but between the country and other parts of the world too, are far too expensive.

Thank Starbow, one of the latest Ghanaian airlines flying locally, domestic route prices. The airline, which is owned by shareholders who are all domiciled in Ghana, commenced operations in October last year, flying between Accra and the three other largest cities of Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi; at what were, at that time, cut-price fares. Ever following a slight increase in fares early this year, in response to a rise in fuel prices and the depreciation of the cedi, Starbow, still offers one way fares between Accra and Kumasi for as low as GH¢110, between Accra and Takoradi for as little as GH¢99 and between Accra and Tamale for just GH¢165. If a customer books at least seven days before departure, Starbow will take him or her far even less.

At the time Starbow started flying the two established domestic route airlines charged considerably more; for instance City-Link was charging GH¢139 between Accra and Kumasi, and between Accra and Takoradi, and GH¢250 between Accra and Tamale. Antrak’s fares were quite similar.

Instructively, since Starbow introduced its own domestic flights at considerably lower fares, the two airlines have slashed theirs to about the same as what Starbow charges. Late last year a fourth domestic airline, Fly 540 also started operations, sensibly introducing its services at about the same prices as the others.

“We’ve proved you can bring affordable flying to Africa” says Dr. Brock Friesen, a former Canadian Airlines International Vice President who is now co-Chief Executive of Starbow. “Air travel in Ghana is far more expensive than in say, North America or Europe but we are trying to charge this.”

Now that domestic airfares have come down somewhat, do not expect a sustained price war through. “Starbow has found a reasonable pricing level and will stay there” says Dr. Friesen. “Rather than engage in a price war, we will rely on our competitive advantages to win further market share.”

To be sure Starbow has several of those competitive advantages Dr. Friesen adduces. Firstly it is the only domestic airline in Ghana that uses jet aircraft rather than propeller – driven planes, which means quieter flights in more modern aircraft than its competitors’ use. Secondly the two BAE-146 aircraft it uses are bigger than its competitors’ with 94 seats configured to carry eight business class passengers and 86 economy class passengers.

The planes its older competitors use carry barely half as many passengers, and even Fly 540, which offers a newer version of propeller aircraft, only provides 66 seats on each flight. This allows Starbow to enjoy better economies of scale than its competitors, which is largely why it started out with lower fares in the first place.

Another advantage is that it uses just one type of aircraft which allows it to use the same pilots, spare parts and maintenance services on all its routes, providing further economies of scale.

Even with its bigger aircraft; Starbow has been able to at least match its competitors fight frequencies and in some cases do even more. Currently the airline does 27 flights a week up from 12 initially and is adding more flight weekly between Accra and Kumasi in March. Combines with its bigger passenger capacity thus has given Starbow the biggest market share on domestic routes within barely five months of its starting operations.

However Starbow assures that it will not use this as an opportunity to increase its fares. “We will not jock up our fares because we dominate in terms of market share” says Dr. Friesen. “Rather we will add more flights and make bigger profits from more economies of scale rather than wider profit margins.”

Here Starbow’s business model has put it in good stead. “We purchased the most efficient aircraft, deployed superior IT, and the most effective operational processes and procedures and we are deriving the best economies of scale” asserts Dr. Friesen. “We come here, saw that the economy was underserved so we offered an alternative using the right planes, the right schedules and the right people.”

In May Starbow will go to the next level, using the same successful business model to start flying sub-regional routes to 12 other West African cities, starting with Abidjan, Cotonou, Monrovia and Ouagadougou this year.

However as the airline begins its expansion beyond Ghana it will have to watch its back, at home. This year, Africa World, an airline founded by Togbe Afede XIV, a successful traditional ruler, investment banker and entrepreneur, is to start operations, offering the same flights as Starbow, targeting first time fliers and Chinese immigrants.

Domestic air travelers in Ghana will have no worries though; local air travel in the country just get cheaper, and is getting better too.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 11:35 PM   #8
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Starbow acquires 3rd BAe 146 Aircraft

Starbow has taken delivery of another BAe 146 aircraft. This brings to three Starbow’s fleet and a fourth one is expected to arrive in the country before the end of this month.

According to Archibald Kittoe, a Senior Marketing Officer of Starbow airlines, “this latest aircraft is modeled like the existing BAes, but with eight (8) luxurious Businesses –class seats. This means with the acquisition of this aircraft and the fourth one which is due in the country soon, Starbow is now poised to commence its direct air services from Accra to capital cities of the neighboring West Africa countries in the third quarter of this year namely Cotonou, Abidjan, Monrovia, Abuja and Ouagadougou.”

He also said that the current unprecedented growth in demand for domestic airline services, which is due to the advent of Starbow airlines, will be met.

With the new addition, flights from Accra to Kumasi will now be three (3) times daily. Morning flights from Accra to Takoradi will also be commenced shortly.

In line with the above , Starbow has flown eight newly recruited pilots, many of which are fluent in French, to undergo training in Manchester, United Kindgom after completing a two –week intensive Ground school training in Accra, Ghana.

Thirty (30) newly – recruited Cabin crew attendants will also start their training before the end of this month.

Building on its very strong opening performance, Starbow continues to place its faith in the BAe 146 which was designed for, and is very well suited to, the regional routes planned by the airline.

This is mainly due to the majority of routes being short and operating from some limited access airfields.

The aircraft’s high wing and four engine configuration is complemented by tail-mounted air brakes and optional steep approach modifications to extend the aircraft’s potential into airfields formerly accessible to only turboprop aircraft alone.**
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Delta Airlines,experience of products on flight

Delta Airlines, a founding member of the SkyTeam on Tuesday gave journalists a feel of the Delta experience on-board their Boeing 767-400ER, to enable them appreciate the airline’s investment in ensuring passenger comfort.

Although the aircraft did not take-off, journalists were taken through the whole process of travelling on Delta Airlines from Check-in to boarding.

Delta in 2010 announced it was investing more than two billion dollars through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to “enhance customer experience in the air and on the ground”.

Currently, Delta and its SkyTeam partner Air France KLM, have added two boarding gates to the three at the KIA, to serve its customers.

Customers also have a comfortable area to wait for their flights with real-time screen displaying information such as the status of the flight, weather at their destination among other services.

Delta has three main products: BusinessElite, Economy Comfort and Economy. BusinessElite passengers enjoy among other things automatic notification of delays, irregular operations and alternative flights via phone, text or email, personalised five-course dining experience including snacks between meals and options such as baby, child, diabetic, Kosher, vegetarian, seafood(cold), Asian, Muslim and low sodium.

Passengers in BusinessElite are treated to a wine programme including 24 wines, Champaign and dessert wine. All seats are equipped with in-flight entertainment technology featuring newly released movies, sitcoms, news and sports as well as a wide variety of CD’s and classic arcade games that they can play alone or against other passengers.

The most prominent feature of this product on the Boeing 767-400ER is the seat, which is in a 1x2x1 configuration with a full-flat massage bed seat with upgraded pillow, blanket, duvet cover, amenity kit and direct aisle access with all seats facing forwards. Passengers also have personal reading lights, PC power and USB port for charging small electronics.

Economy Comfort passengers pay an additional $80-160 one-way and enjoy four inches additional legroom and 50 per cent more recline in their seats, complimentary spirits, wine and beer throughout flight, meal service with options and non-alcoholic beverages, while Economy passengers have all leather seats with 81-84cm pitch and a 43-46cm width, complimentary meal service, non-alcoholic beverages, wine and beer throughout flight and movie and TV programmes.

Mr Pakwo Shum, Managing Director, who addressed the journalists, said the event, which was suggested by the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was for the media to see for themselves what the airline was doing so that they could educate the public.

He noted that other projects undertaken under the two-billion-dollar investment included a newly launched protocol service which allows premium customers to go through security, check-in and boarding process with ease; the energy and mining desk to take care of the emerging oil and gas industry and the Delta internship programme.

Other changes are menu changes that reflect the Ghanaian taste and new training for front-line staff to meet the demands of their market, adding that, Delta would continue to improve its services.

Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey, Director-General of the GCAA, said the event was necessary because there had been some complaints off biased treatment of Ghanaian passengers by some airlines, thus the GCAA wanted the public to know the pressure put on airlines to improve customer service and commended Delta Airlines for their efforts to achieve the feat.**
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Talking Stelios closes in on Fastjet lift off

EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has moved closer to the lift off of new African budget airline Fastjet.

The carrier is expected to be based in West Africa operating a fleet of 15 leased aircraft. Fastjet aims to link six countries in the region to the Ghanaian capital of Accra.

Stelios’ EasyGroup agreed to become a shareholder in Rubicon Diversified Investments in December and has now agreed a brand licence deal for the use of the Fastjet brand, according to the Sunday Times.

Rubicon said at the time it will use the services of Stelios and EasyGroup’s experienced aviation management team to provide “general strategic, management and branding advice” on the feasibility of implementing a low cost, point-to-point, no frills, all jet aircraft business model for Africa.
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Iberia starts flight operations in Ghana on July 17

Spanish airline Iberia, which merged with British Airways last year, would have its first flight into Ghana on the 17th of July.

Iberia which is a major player in the European aviation industry is expected to fly into Accra from Madrid, turn around and fly back to Madrid.

This was disclosed to Citifmonline.com by the Commercial Manager of British Airways Ghana, James Wooldridge who indicated that the new airline would be officially welcomed into the Ghanaian market with several advertisements in the next two weeks.

The two airlines concluded merger talks last year and both companies have formed one entity called International Airlines Group, but the Iberia and British Airways brands would continue to operate as normal.

James Wooldridge said the merger would not conflict with BA’s flight schedules adding that “we’re separate entities in terms of products. We offer a very different product and a different service.

“British Airways obviously has a very strong customer demand for Ghana to London flight, so we have a huge market share for direct travel to London. The Iberia business module is slightly different and they are looking to target customers wanting to travel to Spain and then onto Europe.

“They would be offering some fantastically low fares and the aircraft they’re going to be using is a small new aircraft called the Airbus 319 and it has business and economy class on board.”**
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Old June 6th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #12
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Ghana considers option of new airport after plane crash

The Ghana government is considering the option of building a new international airport at Prampram in the Dangme West District in the Greater Accra Region to ease the pressure on the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The cost of the project is not immediately known, but it is expected to run into millions of dollars.

The land for the project has already been identified and reserved, while processes are underway to complete the acquisition of the land.

Transport Minister, Alhaji Collins Dauda, made this known in Accra after leading a delegation to visit the families of those who died in the plane crash at the Hajj Village near the El-Wak Stadium in Accra last Saturday.

He said air traffic activities at the KIA had increased over the years and that there was the need to construct another international airport in the green belt as an alternative to the KIA.

He indicated that a team of surveyors from the Survey Department was already on the land working and as soon as the work was completed, the government would invite individuals and business entities interested in the project to come up with a conceptual design.

Alhaji Dauda said the government would adopt the design that would be desirable for the commencement of the project sooner than later.

He said while he appreciated the concerns raised by aviation experts in the wake of the disaster, he was of the view that the plane crash had nothing to do with the airport’s location.

He argued that Ghana was not the only country that had its airport in the city and mentioned Heathrow Airport in the UK and the JFK Airport in the United States as examples of airports located at the centres of the cities.

He said what was important was to follow safety standards to avoid future crashes, adding that the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was the best in the West African sub-region when it came to aviation safety.

According to him, a greater part of the land acquired for the KIA had been encroached upon with impunity and warned that the government would demolish the structures to ensure safety around the airport.

He said there were huge structures at East Legon which did not spring up overnight and appealed to the state agencies mandated to protect the land to be up and doing to avoid further encroachment on it.

Following last Saturday’s plane crash, many experts had raised concerns over the siting of the airport within the city and called for the construction of a new international airport to accommodate the heavy-duty aircraft currently patronising the KIA.

Dr Kofi Henaku, an aviation expert, said the crash should serve as a wake-up call.

But for the professionalism of institutions and expertise of the authorities in the aviation sector, including pilots, the country would have witnessed many of such accidents, he claimed.

Last Saturday, 10 people were crushed to death when a cargo plane skidded the runway at the KIA and crashed into a passenger bus near the El-Wak Stadium in Accra.

The aircraft, a Boeing 727-200 belonging to Allied Air, which had taken off from Lagos in Nigeria, was carrying general goods, including textiles, perfume and clothing, to Cote d’Ivoire via Accra when the incident occurred about 7 p.m.

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GCAA urges domestic airline operators to create more visible customer service points

Air Commodore Kwame Mamphey, Director General of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority(GCAA) has charged domestic airline operators to create more visible customer service points.

In addition, they should initiate measures that would enhance customer travelling experience as well as staff and customer interactions including informing booked passengers prior to cancellation of flights.

Air Commodore Mamphey made the call at the second Stakeholders Meeting with domestic airline operators in Accra as part of scheduled quarterly meetings for 2012.

He said domestic airline operators could tailor their services and adjust their approaches towards meeting the respective needs of the customers.

Representatives of the four domestic airlines; Antrak Air, CitiLink, Starbow and Fly540 were present at the meeting.

After a discussion with the GCAA, the airline operators agreed that despite the desire to satisfy communication needs of all customers by introducing local languages on local flights; the airlines could not afford to translate all on-board information to passengers in the various Ghanaian languages due to time constraints on the domestic routes and cost.

The GCAA, however, tasked them to consider producing a documentary on flight information in the local Ghanaian languages which would be shown at the waiting areas of the domestic terminal to educate all passengers even before they board any aircraft on the domestic routes.

The Director-General stated that in spite of the existing competition, domestic airline operators should find a way of working together to be able to transfer passengers from one airline to another where and when necessary and thus build the confidence of passengers to travel by air, which still remained the safest mode of transportation.

GCAA introduced to the airlines a new customer complaint form which would be available on its website and at vantage points around the airport.

Mrs Catherine Hoffman, Director of Economic Regulations, GCAA, who took the representatives through the complaint forms said they were intended to empower passengers to make formal complaints aimed at developing the aviation industry.

When launched, passengers and the general public would be encouraged to use this avenue to formally complain on conditions of aircraft, customer service and any other issues that affect the development of the industry.

She asked the airlines not to view the complaint forms as a reporting tool but rather see it as one of the ways by which they could grow their airlines.

Mr Daniel Acquah, Director, Safety Regulation, GCAA, presented the new Civil Aviation Regulations which was enacted in December 2011 to the airline operators and urged them to acquire copies for their airlines and operate within the limits of the law.
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Delta Introduces In-flight Internet Service

Delta Airlines will begin offering in-flight internet service on its long haul service to Ghana in early 2013.

The airline will install the Wi-Fi service in its international fleet of more than 150 aircraft, which includes Boeing 777, 767, 747, Airbus 330 and trans-oceanic Boeing 757 aircraft in early 2013.

The expanded Wi-Fi service will use satellites to provide coverage internationally and will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within U.S.

Delta already operates the world’s largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet of aircraft with more than 3,000 flights daily, including its entire fleet of 550 domestic mainline aircraft.

More than 800 Delta aircraft, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets, are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service offering more than 400,000 customers per day access to the internet above 10,000 feet.

The international service will use high-bandwidth Ku-band capacity satellites to provide global coverage. When completed in 2015, Delta will operate approximately 1,000 Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft in its worldwide fleet.

“Delta’s advancement in technology has been a key component to our improvements in the customer travel experience and has been cited by J.D. Power and Associates and PC World magazine as important aspects of travel,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice president in charge of marketing.

“With our expansion of international Wi-Fi options across our fleet, Delta customers will be able to stay connected throughout their journey.”
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Kotoka Airport Upgrade Ready In 2yrs

The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Airports Company Limited, Mrs Doreen Owusu Fianko, has said the expansion works at the Kotoka International Airport will be completed in two and a half years to upgrade with modern facilities.

She said new parking lots were being constructed to take in more aircraft, aerobridges would be constructed with new baggage handling equipment.

The expansion and upgrading has becopme necessary as the air traffic flow into the country has increased by over 200 per cent over the last 10 years.

“We are seriously working on expansion and regeneration of the airport to be able to enhance facilities and handle such new generation aircraft. Within two and a half years we should be seeing a brand-new state-of-the-art airport,” Mrs Fianko told the Daily Graphic at the weekend.

This was in an interview shortly after Ethiopian Airlines new aircraft, the much-awaited Boeing 787 Dreamliner, touted the world’s most technologically advanced commercial aircraft, touched down at the airport at about 11 a.m. at the weekend.

“There will be huge check-in, departure and arrival terminals, arrival lounges, bigger and more shopping area, aerobridges and a large waiting area for people to bond with their families before they travel,”Mrs Fianko explained.

Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first out of 10 Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner aircraft, christened “Africa First”, about a fortnight ago. Its arrival in Ghana signifies the country as an important destination for business and tourism.

Ethiopian Airlines is the first operator in Africa to have taken delivery of the aircraft which has improved comfort, aero-dynamics and less expensive to operate. The airline is also among

the first in the world, only after Japan and the United States, the origin of the aircraft, to receive the Boeing aircraft.

Mrs Fianko said the choice of Accra as one of the initial destinations for “Africa First” was a show of belief in the country, saying although the airport was relatively smaller, it had world class services to handle such a technologically advanced aircraft.

The Ghana Country Manager for Ethiopian Airlines, Mr Michael Yared, told the Daily Graphic that ET had been a pioneer in Africa and it was natural that we pioneer this also, saying the new aircraft would enable the airline to meet the growing competition in the market.

He assured customers and passengers that with such large aircraft, its customers could connect to 71 destinations, with Sao Paulo coming at the end of October, adding that being a member of Star Alliance,

“We are very much grateful to Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), they have always been supportive and we have not had any problem operating from Ghana. We always feel at home in Ghana,” Mr Yared said.

He, however, pleaded to authorities to watch the rising cost of aviation fuel which made flying into Ghana a little more expensive than other peer destinations.

On customer satisfaction, he said they deserved value for money and with the new aircraft, services would also be matched, “although our services are already of excellence”.

Mr Yared said the airline understood the unique kind of on-board service demanded by Ghanaian customers and that “we are working hard to meet that”.

The Dreamliner aircraft has been built to enhance fuel efficiency and reduce operating cost by about 30 per cent.

With the delivery, Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first in the world outside Japan and ahead of any airline in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, to operate the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft in the world.

The Airline has placed a firm order for 10 of the Dreamliners and will be receiving five of them before December 2012.

A frequent flyer on Ethiopian, Mr Bismark Yaw Frempong, a businessman at Accra Tudu, said the arrival of the aircraft would enhance safety and comfort in the air, especially for passengers like him who travelled to the Far East almost every two weeks.

Another passenger, who was on board the inaugural flight from Addis Ababa, said he like the flying experience which came with little bumps of turbulence.
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The airport needs a full upgrade. Looking at some of the new airports in Africa its really behind. Check Brazavilles new airport for example.
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Ghana needs a new modern airport @ a more convenient location. Period!
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Old September 4th, 2012, 12:53 AM   #18
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“There will be huge check-in, departure and arrival terminals, arrival lounges, bigger and more shopping area, aerobridges and a large waiting area for people to bond with their families before they travel,”Mrs Fianko explained.


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Old September 4th, 2012, 02:57 AM   #19
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I will not be completely convinced until I actually see it especially the aerobridges. There's been talk of aerobridge installation at kotoka since 2003.


Kotoka Airport is limited as far as expansion opportunities go. Eventually, very soon, given the rate of growth, a new airport will have to be built elsewhere so why spend money on the airport now? It makes so much more sense to channel all of that capital into a New larger ultra-modern airport and yes , with aerobridges. The new airport would actually have been in use by now if we had had leaders with foresight that would have initiated this project about 6 years ago when the statistics forecasted the rate of growth of aviation activities at Kotoka. If that had been done then Kotoka would still have been able to operate normally until the completion of the new airport!
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