dl021
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Interesting Article In Airways April Edition

Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:12 am

I was reading the latest issue (newstand purchase) of Airways magazine and there was an interesting article on a new airline, Ghana International Airlines, that has been discussed here and over in Trip Reports (good reports, Soups).

I thought it was something worth taking a look at since one of our own (whose name we won't mention for technical reasons) is involved with the development of GIA and I would guess that the majority of us here would love the opportunity to help start an international airline from the ground up.

I'd like to hear what you guys think about this airline that has now been flying for several months, and about the prospects for civil aviation and airlines in Africa (and West Africa with it's large population and relative economic strength in several of the countries there in particular).

THere've been several starts and stops over there, with some famous failures (Air Afrique anyone?) and the challenges in that part of the world seem somewhat unique.

I'm curious about whether aviation is going to grow there as it is in Asia developing nations, and if they can overcome the problems of the past....what do you think?
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louA340
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RE: Interesting Article In Airways April Edition

Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:22 am

Even though the airline has been running for a couple of months now, I think it's still early to say anything yet. They still haven't launched the other European, US or even the West african flights. They have been doing a great job so far, but lets wait until GIA get the remaining aircrafts for their fleet and introduce more routes.
I hope the new routes, especially the ones to the US are launches very soon this year. Looking foward to flying it.  Smile
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dl021
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RE: Interesting Article In Airways April Edition

Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:15 pm

I did note that the latest printed rumor is that they are considering a merge with Ethiopian, which seems to be a decently run airline in East Africa so that could expand some horizons for both airlines.

I'd like to see them go ahead and get those 767s, and see if they can fill them up and get the other routes going, too. It'll be interesting.
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RE: Interesting Article In Airways April Edition

Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:51 am

Quoting DL021 (Reply 2):
I did note that the latest printed rumor is that they are considering a merge with Ethiopian, which seems to be a decently run airline in East Africa so that could expand some horizons for both airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines already owns a stake in GIA. 20%? It should be quite interesting to see what sort of work they do together in terms of route development and expansion out of ACC.
 
dl021
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RE: Interesting Article In Airways April Edition

Sun Mar 12, 2006 7:33 am

Quoting ETStar (Reply 3):
Quoting DL021 (Reply 2):
I did note that the latest printed rumor is that they are considering a merge with Ethiopian, which seems to be a decently run airline in East Africa so that could expand some horizons for both airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines already owns a stake in GIA. 20%? It should be quite interesting to see what sort of work they do together in terms of route development and expansion out of ACC.

I didn't know that. I wonder how how much in the way of cooperative marketing and route planning they'll do. Do they have any kind of frequent flyer system? Will they give credit to each others passengers for flying?
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louA340
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RE: Interesting Article In Airways April Edition

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:15 am

While on this topic, I was wondering what was happening with GIA right now. How are the plans for their new West African and North American routes comming along? Also whats the latest on the aquisition of the MD-90's and 763 that they are trying to get?
Thanks in advance.

Lou
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