Ghana’s desire to revive its dead national carrier the Ghana Airways received new impetus on Tuesday as government signed an agreement for the purchase of engines for three new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, a release has said.
The more than 150 million US dollar engine orders made in Dubai, (United Arab Emirates) will see GEnx providing the engines for the aircraft to launch the new national airline.
“GE Aviation is honored to provide GEnx engines for the new 787-9 Dreamliners that Ghana will acquire, to re-launch a national carrier,” Mahendra Nair, general manager of the GEnx program said.
He added: “We look forward to working with Ghana as the country progresses on its strategy to re-enter the aviation industry.”
Officials of the Ghanaian government attending this year’s Dubai Air Show had earlier on Tuesday placed an order for three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from American planemaker.
The three aircraft with the order price of 877.5 million dollars will have a passenger capacity of between 242 and 330 with two-class layouts.
“We have chosen Boeing because we know the strength of the company. We did some studies, and have assessed the wide-body aircraft manufacturers
“Airbus is high quality, it was difficult to choose between the two of them, but we have chosen Boeing for now,” Minister for Aviation, Joseph Kofi Adda said in a quote.
The West African country’s national carrier collapsed in 2004 to be replaced by the large private sector-led Ghana international airlines, which also could not survive the terrain.
The body of the last DC-10 aircraft of the defunct Ghana Airways now hosts the prestigious La Tante –DC restaurant near the Kotoka International Airport in the capital. Enditem