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Ghana International Starting Service From JNB  
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3947 times:

Looks like Ghana International got the approval to start flights to Johannesburg.

http://196.35.117.210/acsa/FlightInfo/flightinfo.htm

All Departures - Johannesburg International

accra G0 501 17:30 Check In 79 - 80 Depart A7

Will anyone be around to take pictures.

Flight schedule shows flights 2 days a week.

G0-501 5:30pm Arrive Accra 9:45PM Mondays & Thursday
G0-500 10:15 PM Arrive Johannesburg 6:15 AM Wednesday & Sunday

Travelling time of 6 hours 15 minutes to Ghana and 6 hours back. http://www.ghanainternationalairlines.com/

I would expect a water cannon salute for their first flight from Johannesburg.


Why fly non stop when you can connect
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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3921 times:

There will also be fares offered from LGW-JNB via ACC.

Congrats to GIA also on it's first successful year of operation as of 29OCT06.

[Edited 2006-10-30 14:50:24]


One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4516 posts, RR: 72
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

Inaugural flight from ACC was last night, and the first flight back to ACC from JNB will be later tonight. The aircraft has a rather long ground time in JNB, most likely to optimize connectivity for Gatwick bound passengers. This winter, G0 seems to be operating 5 weekly LGW rotations in addition to the two weekly JNB roundtrips. Those seven weekly roundtrips make for some very efficient use of the airline's single B752.

User currently offlineLxlgu From South Africa, joined Sep 2000, 1085 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

The fare to Gatwick is very cheap

ZAR4018 including airport taxes or approx USD522 including taxes

This is currently the cheapest airfare ex Johannesburg to Europe

At the moment no one knows the airline in South Africa so it will

take a while for the route to take off

Cheers!
Tony


User currently offlineSOups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

i believe GIA is to codeshare with Aero on the ACC-LOS route. This will allow passengers from Lagos to connect to LGW and JNB


Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3715 times:

Quoting BNE (Thread starter):
I would expect a water cannon salute for their first flight from Johannesburg.

Indeed, there was a water cannon salute.

Inaugural flights went off without a hitch.

124 passengers ACC-JNB and 52 passengers JNB-ACC, including some in transit to LGW.

Minor delays (18 mins and 21 mins) on both legs but nothing serious at all.



[Edited 2006-10-31 11:31:11]

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3712 times:

Nice video Sean. Do they make you pay for the water canon salute?


One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5182 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 6):
Nice video Sean. Do they make you pay for the water canon salute?

Perhaps Air France should launch some new routes and give some of their planes a wash!



That'll teach you
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 3656 times:

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 2):
The aircraft has a rather long ground time in JNB, most likely to optimize connectivity for Gatwick bound passengers.

Connectivity to Gatwick is a big part of the reason for the day sit, but not the only reason. Other reasons include :

a) 530pm is a preferred departure time from South Africa by business people - very competitive compared to SAA's 255pm departure to ACC via ABJ.
b) The ground time permits the same crew to have 8 hour rest and operate the return sector the same evening, saving large amounts on crew costs and hotel costs.
c) The 530pm departure is much better suited for inbound connections such as those from Australia, SADC, etc... whereas SAA's online connections often require an overnight stop.
d) Services such as deep clean, aircraft washing, etc... are extremely competitive in Johannesburg versus other stations on the network.
e) The arrival and departure time gives a "full business day" in SA for day-trippers from Accra - this is already proving very popular after just 1 flight rotation.


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4516 posts, RR: 72
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3620 times:

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 8):
b) The ground time permits the same crew to have 8 hour rest and operate the return sector the same evening, saving large amounts on crew costs and hotel costs.

There's an interesting notion and a potential for huge cost savings. I guess the crews are not holding the architects of this schedule in high regard, though. A couple of relaxed days in a plush Pretoria hotel replaced by ten hours in the JNB Holiday Inn was probably not their first choice...


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3587 times:

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 9):
I guess the crews are not holding the architects of this schedule in high regard, though

They still love me, honest.  Smile


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

Quoting BNE (Thread starter):
Will anyone be around to take pictures.


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User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

Howzit Sean. Sorry I couldn't make it out to JNB yesterday. Only got back to my place at 1730 which didn't leave me enough time to get to JNB to photograph the departure. Good to see GIA here. Hope everything went well Sean. Did you perhaps get to contact the photohraphers I gave you details for? By the way , where did the salute take place? Looks like the delta ramp?

Cheers,

-SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3547 times:

Quoting SA006 (Reply 12):
Hope everything went well Sean. Did you perhaps get to contact the photohraphers I gave you details for?

I tried to call them but one didn't have his camera with him at work and the other didn't answer his phone. The guys from Equity though had cameras on the ramp and promised to get some shots.

As for location, we had Alpha Seven for both arrival and departures (with a day sit at Echo One) - so the water cannon was just past Alpha Thirteen/Bravo Thirteen en route to 03L.


User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

Oh ok. Sorry about that Sean.  Smile I'l try and catch a good photo of your 757 in the near future  Wink

Cheers,

-SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineLouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3437 times:

How often does GIA fly into LGW now? It cant be daily now that the JNB service has begun.


RyEng
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

Quoting LouA340 (Reply 15):
How often does GIA fly into LGW now?

Flight DOOP From Term Dep Time Arrive Term Arr Time Equip Config Meals
100 -23-567 LGW S 1055 ACC 1745 752 C16Y144 LS
101 12-456- ACC 2340 LGW S 0625 752 C16Y144 DS
500 --3---7 ACC 2200 JNB A 0615 752 C16Y144 DS
501 1--4--- JNB A 1730 ACC 2145 752 C16Y144 DS


User currently offlineZuluTime From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3326 times:

Have the services to Monrovia and Abuja started yet?

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

GIA's maiden Johannesburg flight hailed

Majority of passengers who were aboard the maiden flight of Ghana International Airlines, Flight GO 500, to South Africa hailed the carrier for its efficient services, saying that they enjoyed the trip and would travel with it again to any of the airline's destinations.

Some of the passengers expressed their joy and willingness to travel with GIA again at about 6:30am local time on October 30 immediately after disembarking from the plane at Oliver R Tambo International Airport (formerly Johannesburg International Airport).

http://www.thestatesmanonline.com/pages/news_detail.php?newsid=1232


User currently offlineAsoRock From Bahrain, joined May 2006, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3199 times:

Congratulations to Ghana International for expanding its route network  bigthumbsup 

I wonder why the airline has not added any regional routes yet from its Accra hub. Perhaps the Lagos market is oversaturated with many carriers at the moment, but what about Abidjan, Freetown, Monrovia? These cities can provide good feed for the airline's long haul flights.


User currently offlineEurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3179 times:

Quoting AsoRock (Reply 19):
I wonder why the airline has not added any regional routes yet from its Accra hub. Perhaps the Lagos market is oversaturated with many carriers at the moment,

They are now code-sharing with AERO on the Accra-Lagos route. Together they operate 4 x weekly DASH-8-300 nonstop flights. Makes good business sense, otherwise and as you said market saturation will occur (if not occurred already).

Sean, the water cannon salute video is awsome...It's the first time I see a video embedded to an a.net forum message. Well done!

[Edited 2006-11-08 14:01:38]


If there is a will, there is a way
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 20):
Sean, the water cannon salute video is awsome...

Thanks. I just got some pics from the ground handlers who were outside the aircraft during the salute (I shot the video from inside obviously) and they look even nicer.

http://www.airwhiners.net/images/uploads/n930rdwatercannonjnb.jpg


User currently offline787KQ From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2995 times:

What airline is that directly under the wing of Ghana International in the photo above? Is it Air Tanzania?

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2982 times:

Quoting 787KQ (Reply 22):
What airline is that directly under the wing of Ghana International in the photo above? Is it Air Tanzania?

Zambian Airways


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