Emirates and Ghana mark aviation milestone with one-off A380 landing in Accra

2018-10-08 15:00
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(Photo: Supplied, Emirates Airlines)

The Emirates A380 aircraft made a historic touch down at the Kotoka International Airport’s Terminal 3, as a one-off service to the new terminal.

The airline’s flagship double-decker has become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Ghana, demonstrating the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet.

The special Emirates A380 flight was operated by Accra-born Ghanaian, Capt Solomon Quainoo and UAE national, First Officer Faisal Alhammadi.

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emirates, aviation, travel, explore, emirates airlThe Flight Deck Crew - Capt Solomon Quainoo and First Officer Faisal Alhammadi (Photo: Supplied, Emirates Airlines)

Upon landing at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, the aircraft was met with a ceremonial water cannon salute, and the Emirates delegation was welcomed by government officials and airport executives.

After a welcoming ceremony, government officials, VIPs, media and members of the travel industry were given a guided tour of the A380 by Emirates cabin crew.

 

Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Africa said: “We are honoured to bring our flagship A380 to the impressive new terminal at Kotoka International Airport, as it demonstrates its full capabilities with the handling of the first A380 aircraft. Accra is an important destination in Africa and we remain committed to providing our customers in Ghana with the world-class services we are known for.

The Emirates A380 has been at the centre of innovation, and bringing this popular aircraft to Accra is a significant milestone in our operations to Ghana, where we will soon celebrate 15 successful years. We thank the Ghanaian government, the Ministry of Aviation and the government authorities whose support has been instrumental in making today’s one-off service a success.”

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Emirates commenced operations to Ghana in January 2004 and flies to Accra daily from Dubai. Close to 1.6 million passengers have flown the Dubai – Accra route since its start, with popular destinations being China, India and the United Kingdom via its Dubai hub.

What you need to know if you go:

Visa: South Africans need to apply for an online visa in order to visit Ghana.

Medical: You also need to have a Yellow Fever certificate for your application.

Currency: 1 Ghanaian Cedi = R3,09 

Time Zone: SA is two-hours ahead of Ghana 

Peak Season: The best time to visit Ghana is between November and March. There is little to no rainfall, making travel easier. The wet season is between April and October.

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