The Republic of Ghana has unveiled plans to
re-launch an airline.
The country signed a MOU with Boeing at
the Dubai Air Show last week for three 787-9 Dreamliners, with a list price
value of $877.5 million according to list prices.
"There is a growing demand for air travel to and
from Ghana and we believe the advanced 787-9 Dreamliner gives us
an efficient and flexible machine to launch a regional network and
eventually serve international destinations in the future," said
Joseph Kofi Adda, Honorable Minister of Aviation and Member of
Parliament, Republic of Ghana. "The 787 has an excellent
reputation for its operational performance, fuel efficiency and
passenger experience and we are confident that we have the right
partner for our new carrier."
Adda says the carrier, to be
based in Accra, would establish the capital city as a strategic
hub that serves cities across West Africa.
Future routes would
include destinations in Europe, North America and Asia and the
long-term plan is to open the airline to private investment and
"Africa boasts a growing, young workforce and vast
natural resources. We see the demand for air travel continuing to
rise across the continent. Boeing is honored to work with Ghana in
helping re-launch an airline to serve this vast market," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales &
Marketing for The Boeing Company. "We look forward to working with
the government on an integrated solution that includes the 787-9
Dreamliner and aviation services to support the new airline and
provide a superior experience for its future passengers."
The 787-9 can carry 296 passengers and fly up to 7,530
nautical miles (13,950 kms), while reducing fuel use and emissions
by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.