20 Nov Ghana signs deals for 9 planes …as home-based carrier shapes up
Ghana has signed two separate deals to purchase a total of nine planes to kick-start the establishment of a new home-based carrier.
The Letters of Intent, signed at the on-going Dubai Air Show 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, involve the purchase of six (6) Dash8-400 turboprop planes from Canadian Manufacturer De Havilland Aircraft and three (3) Boeing 787-9 planes from American Multinational Company Boeing.
Financial arrangement for the Dash8 and Dream-liners are expected to be completed in the coming weeks. The base price per each Dash 8 is about US$35million.
However, the final price determination per each Dash8 aircraft that can seat up to 82 passengers is to be informed by the base price, configuration, branding and any other such modifications a customer may deem necessary.
The B787-9 on the other hand cost about US$200million. This may go up based on the configuration and other requests Ghana may submit.
Aviation Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, speaking to the B&FT after the signing ceremony for the two deals said: “We have decided to use the turboprop aircraft to serve the domestic and regional needs of passengers. We have done our research and assessed all the aircraft that are available, and we think this one is the one that is most efficient and the one most suitable given the weather; and so, on that we can use them to transport Ghanaians within the country and also send them to other West African countries.
“We could go all the way out to Senegal, Gambia and Cameroon. These are things that the route-planning people will work on. We want to be sure we have a critical set of aircraft that the new airline will own and start operating with.