Hainan Airlines
Hainan Airlines is putting Chinese cash and a Chinese boss into Ghana’s Africa World Airline. To say nothing of Chinese know-how.
One of China’s leading airlines is teaming up with a new low-cost African carrier, which is due to take to the skies on September 21.
Hainan Airlines (HNA), China’s fourth-largest carrier and the first to receive a five-star award from Skytrax, will be spearheading Africa World Airline (AWA), which is based in Ghana.
Looking to end travel frustration in Africa
News of the fledgling "Chafrican" carrier comes in the wake of the demise of Ghana International Airlines, which ceased operations in 2010.
AWA, which has a reported start-up capital of US$50 million, hopes to spell an end to frequent flyer frustration in Africa.
"[Currently] to go to Cape Verde [off the west coast of Africa] from Accra, one has to fly to Lisbon in Portugal," said an AWA official. "In some cases, you take off from Accra, fly to Europe and catch a connecting flight, which will see you flying over Accra to get to your destination within Africa."
AWA’s fleet will start out with a brace of 50-seat Embraer ERJ145LR aircraft leased from Tianjin Airlines.
According to The Ghanaian Times, AWA will fly domestic routes at first — to Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi — then gradually expand to regional destinations, such as Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Lagos in Nigeria.
Fares have yet to be announced and the carrier plans to head overseas by 2017.
SOURCE: cnngo.com

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