ACCRA– An Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 aircraft, the world’s biggest passenger jetliner, bearing the “Year of Zayed” livery, landed in Accra Tuesday to commemorate Ghana airport’s new Terminal 3 and to cement relations between the globally acclaimed airline and Ghana.
The ceremonial one-time flight was also in recognition of Ghana’s drive towards improving aviation infrastructure to allow it to handle aircraft of all sizes, said Orhan Abbas, the Senior Vice-President, Commercial Operations-Africa, for Emirates.
He told a reception ceremony for the Emirates A380 in Accra that the flight was a show of the airlines’ commitment to Ghana, which was an important destination in West Africa for Emirates. The flight was also to test the capability of the new terminal and its operations.
He said Emirates was happy with operations in Ghana over the past 14 years and would soon celebrate the 15th Anniversary. The Accra route is doing very well for us and I think looking at Ghana, it will expand further, he said. Now that you have this world class facility, you are helping your own market to grow.”
Emirates currently operates 105 of the Airbus A380s. However, only five of them are decked in the “Year of Zayed” livery to mark the centennial anniversary of the birth of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Ghana’s Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, said the was an important milestone for Ghana and a demonstration of the advancement of the aviation industry in Africa and in Ghana in particular, and also the need to promote and enhance co-operation and partnership between governments and actors to advance service delivery in the aviation sector.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK