French Airline Company, Air France has reiterated its confidence in Ghana’s aviation industry with the introduction of new upgraded Airbus A330 in the country to provide additional comfort to passengers.
The move forms part of a 140 million-euro investment aims to completely redesigning 15 aircrafts by 2020 with 36 seats in Business, 21 seats in Premium Economy and 167 seats in Economy cabins.
Ghana is the first country in Africa to receive the new long-haul travel cabins available on board the Airbus.
Until the end of the winter season, customers will be able to enjoy these cabins on flights to Accra, Ouagadougou and Houston.
Speaking at a media engagement, Dick Van Nieuwenhuyzen, the Country Manager of Air France, said the airline is satisfied with the development in the country’s aviation sector, especially the opening of the Terminal 3.
“We are very happy with the opening of the Terminal. It has greatly enhanced on time performance by 20 per cent and check in by 27 per cent. Overall, there is a major satisfaction among travellers who use the facility,” he said.
Last year KLM and Air France carried about 300,000 passengers, a rise of 6.4 per cent over 2017.
It currently has a market share of 15 per cent.
Mr Nieuwenhuyzen said Air France was very happy with operations as the market continues to grow day by day.
Until the end of the winter season, customers will be able to enjoy these cabins on flights to Accra (Ghana), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Houston (USA).
Mrs Carole Peytavin, Senior Vice President Customer Experience, said from the 2019 summer season, the new Airbus A330 will progressively serve Accra (Ghana), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Cotonou (Benin), Lagos (Nigeria), Niamey (Niger), Bengaluru and Delhi (India) as well as Seattle, Chicago and Dallas (USA).
She said the new Business seat, adapted to the dimensions of the Airbus A330, offers an unparalleled travel experience for jet lag-free flying across time zones.
Mrs Peytavin said customers can stay connected to the internet via the new Air France CONNECT Wi-Fi offer throughout the flight. Customers can thus choose from three Wi-Fi passes, accessible from their personal devices (smartphone, tablet, laptop).
The entire Air France fleet will be equipped with AIR FRANCE CONNECT by the end of 2020.
Mr Frank Legre, Senior Vice President for Africa, said the new changes were a demonstration of the commitment of the airline to the African continent.