Emirates, the victory airline has celebrated a milestone in its operation to Ghana, marking 15 years of service to Accra.
The airline started operations in Ghana with three flights a week, increasing to six flights a week in March 2005.
The first Emirates flight flew into Kotoka International Airport in January 2004, and the airline has since carried close to 1.6 million passengers between Accra and Dubai and its network.
At present, the airline operates daily Abidjan – Accra - Dubai flights to over 150 destinations via its Dubai hub. This is set to extend to 11 weekly flights from 2nd June, 2019 following the announcement of four additional weekly flights to Accra.
For over a decade and a half, Emirates has stayed pledged to not only connecting Ghanaians to the world, but also developing Ghana’s aviation industry.
October 2018 saw Emirates operate the country’s first A380 to Accra, partnering with the airport to check its operations and infrastructure to help an A380 service.
Cathy Wesley, Emirates Country Manager, says “Africa is one of Emirates’ key growth regions in its global network and Ghana is an important market for Emirates. In 2018, Emirates carried over 180,000 passengers between Accra and Dubai, and we are pledged to facilitating trade, tourism and cargo exports in the years to come”.
Top Emirates destinations that Ghanaians travel to include UAE, China, USA, Singapore, India and London.
On all Emirates’ flights, customers can be pleased to hours of entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, which offers over 4,000 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the new released movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including appreciative toys, kids’ meals and movies.
Emirates SkyCargo also remains as an important enabler in facilitating global trade in Ghana by carrying a total of over 73,000 tonnes of cargo to and from Ghana.
Emirates SkyCargo has also faciliated the export of over 41,000 tonnes of cargo majority of them being fruits and precious metals.
The airline at present has a total fleet count of 274 aircrafts and can boast of the youngest fleet in the industry.
On the Accra – Dubai route, Emirates functions the B777-300ER aircraft which is one of the most technologically advanced and organized aircrafts in the world.
The aircraft’s advanced wing design, organized engine and light structure makes more methodical use of fuel.