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Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 2:02 am

Accra- Gatwick
Ghana International Airlines G0 101
ETD: 22:45, departed 22:48
ETA: 05:55+1, Arrived 05:35
2nd January 2006


After a 2 week journey in Ghana time to head back to the UK, some pictures at the end of the trip report during my stay in Ghana.

In Western Africa check in opens about 6 hours before departures, in some cases like MEA a 5:30am departure, check in opens at 10pm the previous night and closes about 1am. I quite like the idea of early check in then head back home to get ready for the flight.
I arrived at Kotoka International Airport at 5pm, the airport was busy as usual at that time of the day as the majority of wide bodies arrive between 7pm and 10pm.
Ghana International Airlines had check in counters, relatively high with comparing with BA, KL, and LH who usually have 3 or 4 and have larger aircraft.
My bags were weighted on a scale prior to the check in desk.
I was then asked the ‘’famous three security questions’’ and had my passport checked.
I then proceeded to the check in area. Checked in 2 pieces of bags (38kilos in total)
I was asked if I wanted a window or aisle seat I replied window.
Sean Mendis said: I know what seat you want: I was given 5F again. Yippy
I headed back home for dinner and shower.
I got back to the airport at 8:45pm, and headed towards immigration.

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Surprised to see SA schedule to IAD on the screen.

Although GIA has 1 daily flight you can feel their presence at the airport with signs such as immigration sign, have a safe flight and so on.
Sorry about picture it’s blurry

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Went to the duty free bough a few items and headed to the gate (2)
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2 flights were departing from gate 2 8U to Tripoli and G0 to Gatwick.
A GIA staff to me and mentioned that the flight was overbooked and they had to bump two passengers in business so he handed me a new boarding pass with seat 3D.
As I waited in near the gate, I noticed 8U flight crew boarding (some looks as if they just came out from a Halloween party). The 8U flight was operated by a nouvelle air A320. Flight 8u was called and people just rushed to the gate. 15minutes later 5 passengers came back; they were getting on the wrong plane. We were called and headed towards the aircraft.


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I headed for the business class section. The seats were very wide (59’’ pitch).
Each seat had pillows and blankets

I then meet the captain, Captain Jackson, the same captain on my LGW-ACC flight 2 weeks earlier, big wave to him if he is reading this.
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We were then served some drinks prior to departure.

Apologise for the dark pictures

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After safety demonstration, the captain announces we will hit some turbulence 1h30min into the flight (over the Sahara Desert).

At 10:35pm a GIA staff (Not cabin crew) came into the business class and informed passengers that there will be a slight delay because 5 passengers where offloaded the flight due to late arrival and fake passports. They were racing against time to find their bags (9 pieces).

Before we departed our food/drinks orders where taken. We were also asked if we wanted to be woken up for breakfast I said sure.
People who ordered wine had a few bottles to choose from.
Eventually we left just a couple of minutes late after KLM A330 departed to Amsterdam.
An hour into the flights drinks and some peanuts/snacks where distributed along with drinks http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a155/soubhi/IMG_3375.jpg
Starter: Turkey breast with lettuce and feta salad. It was delicious
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Main Meal: I ordered fish and Pasta, which was tasty
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Dessert: Profiterole (one of my favourite dessert)
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The crew made sure the drinks kept flowing.
In her Shoes film was showing, I seen it before but didn’t mind watching it again.

Straight after the lovely meal I decided to go for a nap. The seats reclined and it was almost 180 degrees flat.

I was then awake for my breakfast which was warm muffin and croissant; fresh fruits and some yogurt with of course tea and coffee
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We then landed at Gatwick around 5:35 (20minutes earlier than scheduled) the arrival hall was empty with just 1 flight XLA from Las Palmas. I was out of the airport within 15minutes from touchdown.
Hope you enjoyed this short trip report


In the past 5 years I flew business class on MEA and Egypt air. GIA seats are more comfortable than those 2 airlines. The meals are better than Egyptair and about the same level as MEA, however they lack in-flight entertainment, I wasn’t bothered about in-flight entertainment on this flight as it was a night flight.

Few pictures below on this trip to Ghana:

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Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 6:10 am

very nice report, I really injoyed reading it. Ghana has always interested me, I hope to make it there someday.
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 7:09 am

Great trip report and pictures.
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:02 am

Soups,

Great trip report. I was going to comment on your first report but my computer is too slow to load up the page for me to write anything. Excellent photos too.
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:03 am

Nice report Soups. GIA really do look like a class airline.

Gaz
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:36 am

Soups,

Nice report once again!
Good to see Ghana back in the air again with a national carrier.
Where did you make the pictures of the trip in Ghana itself during the trip?

Steven
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 8:42 am

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
however they lack in-flight entertainment

Hi, Soups- great report and pictures. I could see on your pictures, that the aircraft has got monitors in the middle of the cabin! So, no movies were shown, also no music at all?? and no route-map??

cheers chris
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 11:49 am

There is no route map on their services, movies are shown and there are several audio channels as well. Their service in C class is very good indeed, I have never left an airplane feeling like having eaten way too much but I did on their flight.
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Sun Jan 08, 2006 10:53 pm

Quoting StevenG (Reply 5):
Where did you make the pictures of the trip in Ghana itself during the trip?

IT's a new small resort being built it isn't completed yet

Quoting Debonair (Reply 6):
So, no movies were shown, also no music at all?? and no route-map??

2 movies were shown + many small programmes such as the simpsons.. not sure about music i will check let u know in few days as i am flying back to LGW tomorrow
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Mon Jan 09, 2006 1:06 am

Thanks a lot for another Ghana International report.

Their Biz Class is looking fantastic, great that you can recline the seats to almost 180°, I am sure that makes a night flight from ACC to Europe pretty comfortable.

The catering seems to be excellent, too! The salad, the main dish, and the dessert are looking very tasty, also great that you get huge portion.

Thanks also for the "non aviation" pictures!

Patrick
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:57 am

Very interesting report, man!

Quoting Soups (Thread starter):
I headed back home for dinner and shower.

Wow!! This should really be the right way to check-in! I once did the same thing at FCO, I was in Rome for business and since flights from FCO to MXP are always pretty full I took the opportunity to check in at 9.00am with flight departing at 5.30pm. It was really nice to avoid the usual stand-by queue...

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 9):
Thanks also for the "non aviation" pictures!

Perfectly agree! Nice pictures and nice places!!

Cheers
IDISA
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Mon Jan 09, 2006 7:50 am

Very nice pics and a good report. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip.
How did you find the 757?
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Mon Jan 09, 2006 8:19 am

Great Report.. this is the first time i ever read anything involving GIA.
Thanks
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:48 am

So SA has a ACC-IAD flight at 1:30am? Is this something new?
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Mon Jan 09, 2006 5:03 pm

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G0 folks, if you're reading this, why is there no "Bon Voyage" in Amharic? Big grin

Soups, once again, great report. Look forward to your Cuba report - try to remain sober on the air trips so we can at least get pics  Wink
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Mon Jan 09, 2006 11:36 pm

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 11):
How did you find the 757?

the 757 is a comfortable plane but i believe 7hours+ on that plane will start be become uncomfortable. i hope they upgrade their service soon as i might be flyign them again on the 12th of February

Quoting COEWR2587 (Reply 13):
So SA has a ACC-IAD flight at 1:30am? Is this something new?

its the JNB-ACC-IAD flight as you can see there is no gate number so no passengers on the ACC-IAD

Quoting IDISA (Reply 10):
Wow!! This should really be the right way to check-in

i live just 3 minutes drive from the airport so very handy  Smile

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 9):
also great that you get huge portion

i couln't finish the meal as it was too much for me to eat considering i love my food
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:38 am

Quoting Soups (Reply 15):
its the JNB-ACC-IAD flight as you can see there is no gate number so no passengers on the ACC-IAD

Do you think airports put that sort of flight onto the monitors to make it look like they have a broader spectrum of destinations?
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Tue Jan 10, 2006 12:48 am

Quoting Vasu (Reply 16):
Do you think airports put that sort of flight onto the monitors to make it look like they have a broader spectrum of destinations?

probably i was one time at birut they even had an Air France to somewhere on the asian continent can't remember i think it was Bombay. turn out to be a emergency landing and the plane was taking off again so they decided to asign a gate to it + put it on the screen.
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:58 am

Another great report from soups. Great Pictures too.
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:08 am

Those seats looke very comfortable indeed!
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:12 am

They are very comfortable, I still could not sleep in them really but then this does not really mean anything as I typically only get tired enough to sleep on an airplane after I could not sleep all night (i.e. in the case of this trip, I was sleeping all the way from LHR to CPH in a cramped SAS A321 the next morning after not being able to sleep in that comfy seat  Smile ).
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RE: Accra, Ghana To London-Gatwick, UK GIA Biz (pics)

Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:09 am

Nice report, Soups!!!!

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