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Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:19 am

Apologies for the pictures as I am crap in taking pictures... Some are blurry some out of focus.
Also 1st trip report for me... so be gentle


Report Trip for LHR-LOS-ACC-LOS-LHR
VK...
LHR-LOS G-VBUS Virgin Nigeria Airways
Load
Business 1
Premium economy 0
Economy 66


Journey started in Derby. Drove to North of Birmingham to drop cats at the cattery then headed straight to London Heathrow.
Meet Kevin (KaddyUK) outside T3 departure, nice lad sorry for quick chat as was running late, picked up a lens from him and headed for the purple parking. Parked the car and back to Terminal 3.

Arrived at the check-in zone A at 18:15 to check in for my virgin Nigeria flight.
The queue was short (unusual for African flight), but slow moving. There was only 1 counter open for check in. At 18:30 a further two opens to speed up the queue.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/66f21358.jpg

I have never seen huge bags like today. Every person had a minimum of 2 huge suitcase + the hand luggage.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/IMG_0278.jpg
the lady at the counter was very nice and bubbly she weight my bags 1st one 31.9 Kg the 2nd one 33.9Kg she just looked and smiled and handed me my boarding passes and explained that my bags are tagged all the way to Accra. I was allocated seat 51A. I asked if there was another window seat more to the front. She replied the flight is almost empty just take any seat when boarding is complete. I headed straight to the security to be greeted by long queues.

After security there was another queue for immigration officers. I headed straight to the seating area to try my new camera lens I bought. Works excellent, thanks Kevin.

few minutes later 'go to gate 25'' was displayed on the screens. I headed straight to gate 25 and got lost. Gate 25 was hiding beind some construction works between gate 23 and 22 (not sure if I got them correct). Waiting room was, unusual, empty.

we were called to board the aircraft. I was the 1st to get on the plane, and was greeted by a virgin Nigeria crew in the Nigerian accent ''Hallo Sa''(Hello sir). I then said to myself, that's more like an African airline. I went straight to my seat, dropped my bag and rushed to take some pictures before more passengers fill the plane, only to be told that photography is not permitted...
Since when???

Premium Economy:

Economy:
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/economy.jpg
Once seated a Virgin Atlantic crews asks to check my boarding pass.i then saw the PTV and they are quite tiny, well must be a first for a west African airlines to have PTV.

I had a quick peek at the pocket everything was in Virgin Atlantic (not Virgin Nigeria), the magazines, in flight shopping and even the safety card. 30min later when boarding was complete I jumped to seat 30A 1st row in the economy section. Few minutes later I was approached by another Virgin Atlantic Cabin crew and was asked why I was taking pictures and my nationality. She then asked me where I am flying too, I replied Lagos of course. When she left I got brave and took some pictures of Air India 747-400.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/AIRINDIA.jpg
Last time I flew VS 340-300(LAX-LHR) it was exactly the same interior, not even a small splash of green. The cabin crew was a mixture of virgin Atlantic and virgin Nigeria(3). I noticed I was the only Caucasian male on the flight, there were 2 Orientals (Chinese I think).
'ladies and gentlemen and kids, welcome aboard this Virgin Atlan (Pause) Nigeria to London Heathrow.. (Long pause)'' everyone starts to laugh. She then apologized and changed it. A couple behind me where talking about the flight being empty again. After a small chat (Friendly girls) they fly weekly to London to buy chocolate bars and sells them in Nigeria. They been on 8 Virgin Nigeria flights and said its always empty and the fares are still high. The only reason they chose VK/VS is because they are allowed 2 suitcases not 23 Kilos. Pilot then apologized for the 60min delay but voice was low i couldn't hear the reason. A manual safety demonstration was made and we headed to Runway 27L. On the way to the runaway I spotted bellview 767 flight to Freetown, Sierra Leone. First sight for me for their 767. We departed straight after a SV 777 bound for Jeddah or Riyadh. Take off was smooth, we then took a sharp left just after the M25(Motorway) heading south. We will fly over France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin then finally Nigeria no pictures taken as it was dark Sad. 1 hour into the flight, dinner was served.
Starter: Bread with butter and pasta salad with feta cheese. We had an option of two meals, chicken or lamb. I asked for chicken and was given Lamb Stew with banana and Spinach. Not sure if its a Nigerian meal. It looked weird but was tasty (Minus the banana). For dessert we had profiterols.

After the meal, tea water and coffee were served. We were cruising at an altitude of 35000 ft.
A Virgin Atlantic (NOT VK) amnety kit were ditributed. I went straight to catch up on some sleep. An hour before landing into Lagos, Breakfast was served (not sure what it was as I was catching up on some sleep. We then landed at Lagos at 3:10AM. I headed straight to immigration SO I can get my passport stamped (more stamps yeah). I stood in the ECOWAS queue then I a voice from behind says: ''White man, go stand at the foreign section'' I replied why should I? I'm ECOWAS (west African economic region). 1st person checks my passport and landing card if I filled it in all details, secondly another immigration Officer checks if your details are correct and finally a 3rd person stamps your passport. I headed outside to take some pictures. There were No Customs officers probably asleep. The airport was empty with the exception of people sleeping in the corners everywhere.
This is the arrival halls:

Bar at the arrival halls:


ii took some pictures then a passer by approach me and tell me why I was taking pictures of him I said I wasn't he replied I saw the flash (and started to raise his voice) I showed him the picture and replied are you happy now? He said no we are going to seize your camera or give me 100$, he then asked for my nationality when he realize I was a Ghanaian he let me go and he said: You know how we work then I took the lift (pitch black inside) to the departure area.
The virgin Atlantic check in desk at the far end:
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/checkina.jpg
2 virgin Nigeria crew came towards me show me their ID and asked me for my flight coupon. They handed me the departure immigration form I then filled the form. Headed for immigration about 4:50am. I was told the immigration officers are not around,they are asleep they are going to call them. 20minutes later a guy dressed in a white top with holes in it and flip flops comes of a room and asks me where I am going too. I reply Accra. He takes my passport checks it and awaits a Lady (just being woken up from the same room) to stamp my passport. I never seen such immigration officers to deal with just one person. VS flight from London has just landed. I venture around the empty airport, took some pictures.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/losair.jpg
I went to the toilets, no light working in there and a BIG spot on the floor (Reminded me of the film Black water)

Duty free consists of 2/3 African crafts shops (that also sells alcohol) and a Sony Communication shop. Also there is a Mercedes shop opening soon.

I then had a nap on the uncomfortable benches.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/bench.jpg
VK crew then boarded HZ-BHD I was watching the pilot doing his checks on the plane (still dark). I was then approached by a an airport staff asking me what I was doing. I replied watching the plane. 5min before boarding another 6 staff came back to me and ask me which flight I am on I reply Virgin Nigeria. I was then handed to VK personnel.'' madam wants to see you'', I replied who is your madam they reply airport security manager. I was then escorted to a room where a lady wearing flipflops asked ' are you ''shoeshine bomaa'' I replied no I am not a shoeshine (lol) she then said I said ''shoesidebomber'' I replied: would I say yes even if I was one. I was then asked to hand in the ''camera film'' I laughed: there is no film in this camera she then said give me the camera I asked them to give me the money for it. I was asked either to pay $200 or they would have to take me custody and erase the The pictures, I erased a few in their presence. I then contacted my parents in Accra to advise them I might miss my flight, My dad gave me a contact in Lagos who use to be the station manager of R.I.P. Ghana Airways. I called and explained the situation and handed the phone to the security personnel I then had my passport taken, and was escorted to gate 33. I was searched and boarded the plane.
What's this dead airline sign still doing at the airport?:


LOS-ACC
Dep: 6:55am
Arrival 6:55am

I was the last person to board the plane. Today's deck crew was eastern European while the cabin crew was of 3 Nigerian and one eastern European. Majority of passengers had UN passports
2 passengers were catching North American's weekly flight to JFK. The aircraft had a load of roughly 30%. The business class is quite spacious, the seat pitch was the biggest I ever seen in a narrow body aircraft. The economy was section was quite roomy and comfortable. Flight safety was done manually. I was the only person traveling from LHR (VK) to ACC via LOS.

I was assigned seat 12A The safety cards on the plane were B H Air. To the right of the plane was VK A340-300 G-VBUS and to the left was VK A320 HZ-BHB.

VK A320 HZ-BHB was heading to Abuja. An Ethiopian Airlines B767 from Addis Ababa landed. We headed towards the runaway, noticed the some BAC-1-11. Nigerian Airlines many planes including their DC10.


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/NIGERIA.jpg
New domestic terminal being built
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/LOSTER.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/skylos.jpg

Straight after take off, Egg and mayonnaise on sugar bread was served with drinks.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/food1.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/vka320.jpg
flight duration was 40minutes.
Spotted my sister house (circled below)
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/house.jpg
passed above an Industrial estate
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/industrial.jpg
we landed at Accra's Kotoka International Aiport.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/accGH.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/accair.jpg

North American 767, Antrack 2x DC9 and many smaller aircrafts were on the apron. We passed near Ghana Airways DC10 and DC9 sitting near the hangar. We parked near the arrival gate, I was meet by a friend who works at the airport at the end of the staircase. I had a cobus bus all formyslef. Headed staright to immigration then home. My bags arrived an hour later where one of them was opened with what looks to be knife and some items missing in the bag


I would consider flying VK again but on a point to point basis, not transiting!!!
The return flight (More pics) is soon to be uploaded

Below are some pictures taken in Ghana
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/as.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/ghana.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/damn.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/blackstarghana.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/ghanab3.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/dc9ass.jpg
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:49 am

Great trip report man!

Nice pics inside T3, what day did you depart?
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:51 am

departed the 6th of August 2005 return was 26
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHT (PICS)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:09 am

Fantastic report! I enjoyed every detail, and quite some times, I had to smile  Smile - you have a nice and authentic sense of humor (a very "British" style  Wink )

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
I have never seen huge bags like today. Every person had a minimum of 2 huge suitcase + the hand luggage.

You should travel AI from SIN-India - everyone has a minimum of 4 pieces of handbaggage, comprising everything from microwaves to desktop lamps, and tries to store in in front of the emergency exit... the overhead bins are hopelessly full, and surplus flies business class Big grin

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
we were called to board the aircraft. I was the 1st to get on the plane, and was greeted by a virgin Nigeria crew in the Nigerian accent ''Hallo Sa''(Hello sir).

So you belong to the persons that run to boarding just b4 it is announced.. Big grin

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
west African airlines

Do you really consider them West African or British? I rather see the latter as relevant..  Wink

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
When she left I got brave and took some pictures of Air India 747-400.

Good job!  bigthumbsup 

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
'ladies and gentlemen and kids, welcome aboard this Virgin Atlan (Pause) Nigeria to London Heathrow..

 rotfl  - hence I believe they are rather a British Airline

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
I asked for chicken and was given Lamb Stew with banana and Spinach.

 rotfl 

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
He said no we are going to seize your camera or give me 100$



Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
I was asked either to pay $200 or they would have to take me custody and erase the The pictures, I erased a few in their presence. I then contacted my parents in Accra to advise them I might miss my flight, My dad gave me a contact in Lagos who use to be the station manager of R.I.P. Ghana Airways. I called and explained the situation and handed the phone to the security personnel I then had my passport taken, and was escorted to gate 33. I was searched and boarded the plane.

It is a shame.. and such comments really keep me off travelling to Nigeria. It is just a sad example how a country, being full of resources, can be "mismanaged" - thx to a corrupt regime and the Western MNCs who are interested in cooperating with such a government. At least, judging from your fantastic pics, they are able to keep the airport comparatively clean, as compared to our Airports Authority of India, that makes the worst out of BOM and DEL airport. When I recently used Kenyatta Airport at NBO, I finally had a real proof that "3rd World countries" do not necessarily nave to have bad airports.. and your pics underline my assertion. I have no clue why we Indian's are just not able to manage that, as opposed to other nations like Kenya, Pakistan and apparently also Nigeria!

Wonderful report! Thanks a lot! Nice to read such details about Virgin Nigeria, and especially about your LOS experiences!  Smile
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:18 am

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 3):

So you belong to the persons that run to boarding just b4 it is announced.

Not usually but we were barely 8-9 in the waiting room

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 3):
You should travel AI from SIN-India - everyone has a minimum of 4 pieces of handbaggage, comprising everything from microwaves to desktop lamps, and tries to store in in front of the emergency exit... the overhead bins are hopelessly full, and surplus flies business class

VK says 1 hand baggage is allowed, plastic bags are not counted as baggaes so everyone carries TESCO, SEE BUY FLY plastic bags. not to mention the purse also doenst count as a bag so the bigger the better. same as a bagpack

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 3):
Do you really consider them West African or British? I rather see the latter as relevant..

The LON-LOS no diference with virgin atlantic at all. even the food were labelled VS... but the LOS-ACC was a bit more ''african''
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:40 am

Thanks soups for a wonderful and exotic trip report. I particularly enjoyed the humor! Being accused of being a shoeshine boba is certainly hilarious lol.

I'm glad that you would consider VK on your next point-2-point trip, although I also feel that they are bound to improve their connection quality when they deliver their own planes and secure better slots at London which would hopefully make a short connection possible in the future.

I'm looking forward to the ACC-LOS-LHR journey report as well !
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 2:48 am

Quoting EurostarVA (Reply 5):
I'm glad that you would consider VK on your next point-2-point trip, although I also feel that they are bound to improve their connection quality when they deliver their own planes and secure better slots at London which would hopefully make a short connection possible in the future.

According to BAA their winter timetable is diferent they leave LHR at 22:30 and land at 5:10 am instead of 3:00 am
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Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:28 am

OMFG Soups, that was the most hilarious trip report I ever read. Everything in Lagos seems so corrupt. "Give me one-hundred dolla or I take your camera!", "Are you shoeshine bomma!" hahahahaha

Thanks for the laughs.  Silly  Silly
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:40 am

Quoting Soups (Reply 2):
departed the 6th of August 2005 return was 26

Wow! I saw you then, I arrived at LHR on the 26th after my flight from Bkk on TGBig grin

Great Report, shame about the poor loads!

Rob!  Smile
 
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 3:49 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 8):
Wow! I saw you then, I arrived at LHR on the 26th after my flight from Bkk on TG

Take it u were not sitting on the floor with all the orientals? loads of them sitting all the way to immigration
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:28 am

Wow you are courageous! Fantastic report; very interesting.

I read that Virgin Nigeria is not allowed to land in the USA. There is a row going on and I forgot why. Do you have a clue?
 
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:15 am

Thanks for the this report, always interesting to read trip reports from West Africa because they do not appear very often here, also interesting to read about Virgin Nigeria long-haul, I think that this is the first report about them here on A.net, a shame that the load was that low on your flight because the cabin (even Economy Class) looks actually quite comfortable).

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
I was asked either to pay $200 or they would have to take me custody and erase the The pictures, I erased a few in their presence. I then contacted my parents in Accra to advise them I might miss my flight, My dad gave me a contact in Lagos who use to be the station manager of R.I.P. Ghana Airways. I called and explained the situation and handed the phone to the security personnel I then had my passport taken, and was escorted to gate 33.



Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
He said no we are going to seize your camera or give me 100$, he then asked for my nationality when he realize I was a Ghanaian he let me go and he said: You know how we work

Unbelievable, LOS is clearly I place I will avoid!

By the way the ''shoeshine bomaa'' was just hilarious! Big grin

Thanks again for the really interesting an entertaining report, I enjoyed reading very much!

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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 11:04 am

Great pics of the Lagos Airport.
Kind of made me miss it!! But I remember it so well!!

Your pics came out fine considering you had to be "secretive" with the pictures. I still don't understand why it's not allowed!
 
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:17 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 11):
a shame that the load was that low on your flight

the price explains it at £988 for the return booked 3 weeks in advance. i could have paid £12 extra and flew 8U business class even LON-LOS is roughly about £880-£900 during the summer!
also BA now flies 10 weekly to LOS not to forget VS daily service. probably extra capacity?
its rare to find a plane quite empty from/to lagos/accra to europe in the summer

Quoting PlaneFreaknATL (Reply 12):
Your pics came out fine considering you had to be "secretive" with the pictures. I still don't understand why it's not allowed

If they were signs saying no photograph i would agree but none at all! i also managed to get picture of the whole airport while taking off (on return) but low visibility report coming soon  Smile
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Mon Aug 29, 2005 4:22 pm

Quoting Semsem (Reply 10):
There is a row going on and I forgot why. Do you have a clue?

I think the US classifies them as British and NOT Nigerian airlines.. ==> Bermuda II or so.. or is it other way around that Nigerian Carriers are not allowed in the states?
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Mon Aug 29, 2005 5:01 pm

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 14):
Quoting Semsem (Reply 10):
There is a row going on and I forgot why. Do you have a clue?

I think the US classifies them as British and NOT Nigerian airlines.. ==> Bermuda II or so.. or is it other way around that Nigerian Carriers are not allowed in the states?

Also to add because the US banned VK flying to NYC, NAA banned CO to start flying to LOS! now NAA applied for 4 weekly jfk-ACC-LOS let's see what will happen.
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:17 pm

Hi Soups

Great Job

I love your report. Couldn´t stop reading once I started, very very detailed, like the ones I like. bigthumbsup 
 
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Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:44 pm

Quoting SQ773 (Reply 16):
I love your report. Couldn´t stop reading once I started, very very detailed, like the ones I like

Thanks mate return will have more pics (probably double) as all flights during daylight
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 1:51 am

Great Trip report. I really enjoyed reading it.

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 3):
You should travel AI from SIN-India - everyone has a minimum of 4 pieces of handbaggage, comprising everything from microwaves to desktop lamps, and tries to store in in front of the emergency exit... the overhead bins are hopelessly full, and surplus flies business class

The situation is so bad that I was asked if I could check in a TV for a fellow traveller since I was carrying 'only' 1 suitcase. I politely refused. The man was quite persuasive but I stood my ground.

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Tue Aug 30, 2005 2:30 am

Quoting Hawaijahaz (Reply 18):
The situation is so bad that I was asked if I could check in a TV for a fellow traveller since I was carrying 'only' 1 suitcase. I politely refused. The man was quite persuasive but I stood my ground.

very good! Never take luggage from strangers.. it might be your last trip! Drug dealers are allover and unscrupolous...

Btw, what happens if you check in with someone? The luggage is always registered on one name, AFAIK... what happens if you check in together with a stranger, all your luggage ends up on your name, the stranger has his tag, and all of a sudden somethings like drugs is found?? Interesting scenario (I do not want to end in)
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:57 am

Nice report.

The 'LOS' area reminds me of all the bad thing's i've heard about LOS, all true it appears!

I must say i'm quite amazed at the low load factors on the 2 flights you had, especially the LHR>LOS sector, yes the price is high, but considering the high demand on this route and lack of choice, i'd have thought the loads would have been better by now.

Look forward to the return.

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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:47 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 20):
lack of choice

I highly doubt that mate
Europe- Lagos
Daily KLM
Daily LH
10x BA
daily VS
3x vk
3(i think) Iberia
Daily AZ
Daily AF
Some airlines also have connections such as Air Senegal, Afriquyah airlines, Ethiopian, Kenya airways, Egypt Air , MEA, Emirates (Yes they trasnfer from Europe and even JFK, i will attach soon a picture of Emirates advertisement in the streets of Accra for its DXB-JFK)

also now B3 flies LHR-FNA landing at 3am and same a/c taking off at 4am to LOS
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:48 am

Yes thank you. That's it. It is because the US considers Virgin Nigeria a UK carrier and they want to negotiate more US airlines to land at Heathrow which the UK refuses to do.
 
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:14 am

Quoting Soups (Reply 13):
also BA now flies 10 weekly to LOS not to forget VS daily service. probably extra capacity?
its rare to find a plane quite empty from/to lagos/accra to europe in the summer

Which destination is served more, Lagos or Accra? Actually hard to believe that so many people want to go to Lagos since I read about the experience you made there. Well, I can imagine that most of the LOS bound passengers are business people (oil) and ethnic traffic. Is there actually tourism in Nigeria or Ghana? I would really like to visit Ghana one day because it is always warm there and it is not the typical tourist country (at least not for Germans).

I am looking forward to the 2nd report! Please post as many pictures as you can from your stay in Ghana, this country is really interesting, the pictures in this report were already quite interesting!

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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 10:52 am

Great report, thanks for sharing Smile!

Interesting reading all the strange things that happen at the airports!

Cheers,

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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 1:56 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
I would really like to visit Ghana one day because it is always warm there and it is not the typical tourist country (at least not for Germans).

Maybe Mendis can give you a free ride on G0?  bigthumbsup  - if yes, I join!  Smile
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:35 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
Is there actually tourism in Nigeria or Ghana?

Not sure about Nigeria but Ghana received a good number of tourist especially eco-tourism

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
because it is always warm there

Avoid around Christmas time as its the harmattan season, dusty winds from the Sahara desert, also nothern hemisphere summer as its winter there (however temperature don't go below 20 it just rain non-stop for many days and weather stays cloudy mainly (pic taken last week)

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
Which destination is served more, Lagos or Accra?

Obviously Lagos, Nigeria is home to 138million while Ghana to just 21 million.
However Ghana has the highest cargo throughout in the whole of West Africa, because of its liberal regime



http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/Picture040.jpg
View from Elmina castle where they believe 1 in five slaves exported the American continent came from here

Ghana also has a PANAFEST celebration every year, where a good number of ''black descendent'' from all over the USA, Caribbean, Europe come to visit to celebrate.
Hope to see you in Acc one day Smile If i'm there hapy to guide you around

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
at least not for Germans).

There are packaged holidays from germany to Ghana from MUC/HAM/DUS with http://www.apstar-ghana.com/02_tours.php
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:50 pm

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 23):
Which destination is served more, Lagos or Accra?

Generally, LOS. By BA again LOS...as said before 10 flights each week. 7 daily 744s and 3 weekly 777.

ACC is a daily 767 except for a short period when it was operated by a larger aircraft as the 767s were being dusked.
 
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:59 pm

Soups,

Thanks for the pictures and the information. I will of course let you know when I will be in ACC one day, hopefully we can arrange a meeting.

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 25):
Maybe Mendis can give you a free ride on G0?

You know, ID00 tickets are always appreciated.  Wink

Quoting Speedbird2155 (Reply 27):
Generally, LOS. By BA again LOS...as said before 10 flights each week. 7 daily 744s and 3 weekly 777.

ACC is a daily 767 except for a short period when it was operated by a larger aircraft as the 767s were being dusked.

Thanks for the information!

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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:49 pm

Thank you, Soups, that was a very good report!

Sounds like you’ve been approached by agents every five minutes. Very funny the episode with lady at the end. You were lucky! It’s nice to have someone to contact in such a situation.
 
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:51 pm

Funny report Soups! Thanx for the laugh!  Smile

However, am I the only one that can't see the pics?

regards
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Fri Sep 02, 2005 4:43 am

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
are you ''shoeshine bomaa''

 rotfl 

Thanks for a very thorough and witty report--made for excellent reading (especially when I should be working  Smile )
The endemic corruption in Nigeria revealed itself with a vengeance in your report, too. Very interesting, but unfortunate and shameful as well. I have always wanted to visit Ghana, and if I do I will be sure to avoid transit via LOS!

Kind regards,
Chris
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:12 am

Sorry guys problem with photobucket... will upload them on a website and post the link but photos not in order....
Edit:
Here is the link, i just picked some random pictures of the LON-LOS-ACC there might be some extra and missing ones from the original trip report... ENJOY
http://www.koalashoppingcentre.net/index.html

[Edited 2005-09-02 00:24:59]
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Fri Sep 02, 2005 7:29 am

Quoting LH459 (Reply 31):
Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
are you ''shoeshine bomaa''

i took it she was asking if i was a suicide bomber
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:45 am

Ooh, looks like the cleaners forgot to put the Virgin Nigeria headrest covers on the A343!!! OOPS !!!.

Good report. I guessed the service would be pretty much the same as on VS though.

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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Sun Sep 04, 2005 6:56 am

Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 34):
Ooh, looks like the cleaners forgot to put the Virgin Nigeria headrest covers on the A343!!! OOPS !!!.

Good report. I guessed the service would be pretty much the same as on VS though.

The return flight had VK headrests, the A340-300 flight was very similar to my previous trip with VS to LOS in 2004

Virgin Nigeria Or Virgin Atlantic??
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Fri Nov 04, 2005 6:09 am

Very nice report!

But what happened to the pictures? Having visited Ghana (and Burkina Fasso) a year ago and having seen a bit of LOS, I was really curious and not only because of how to challenge both VK cabin crew and the 'charming' airport staff members at LOS.

Ghana itself is a nice country with interesting places and friendly people, so well worth the visit.
Probably in a few weeks time I will meet a LH employee based in Kumasi as she is about to visit Germay and Holland.
 
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Fri Nov 04, 2005 7:24 pm

Quoting StevenG (Reply 36):
Probably in a few weeks time I will meet a LH employee based in Kumasi as she is about to visit Germay and Holland.

Kumasi has been turned into an international airport not long ago but still lacks services. maybe long haul flights soon? apologies for pics not sure whats up
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RE: Virgin Nigeria To Ghana From LHR (Pics)

Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:58 am

I know it has been a while since someone has responded to this thread, but after discussing trip reports in THIS thread, I want to come back here and give this report some honor.

I'm not sure why, but this report seems to be my favourite of all the reports on A.net. It just seems different and better than the others. Well done, Soups!  bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 

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