BA marks 79 years of top class service in Accra

BritishAirwayOn October 13 1937 a Diana-class DH86 aircraft arrived in Accra, pioneering an air passenger service that in modern days carries over 300 people and several tons of cargo to and from London every day.

This flight, operated by British Airways’ predecessor Imperial Airways, connected a number of British Empire colonies, and with fifteen stops in between Accra and Southampton, could take  as long as one week to complete! Interestingly, the airline operated these flights with an all-male crew, known as ‘cabin boys,’ attending to a maximum of ten passengers.

British Airways, once known as ‘the world’s favourite airline’ has come a long way since then, providing dedicated and top-class service on the Accra route for 79 years ever since.

“Being ‘number one’ for such a long time is very difficult, because everyone looks up to you to lead and holds you to a higher standard than the rest. We are very pleased to say that we have lasted this long because we consistently meet the standards expected of us in Ghana,” Kevin Leung, British Airways commercial manager for Ghana and Kenya said.

With the introduction of the iconic Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo-Jet’ aircraft on the Ghana route in 2014, commercial air travel has been made accessible to many more people. The 747 is a reliable and popular aircraft, with a global fleet serving over 210 airports and transporting over 3.5 billion people, nearly half of the world’s population.

British Airways’ passengers to and from Ghana can choose from the airline’s offering of four cabins on board, including the iconic First (First Class) and World Traveller Plus, the premium economy cabin, which appeals to business travellers whose budget may not stretch up to Club World (Business Class).

Passengers also have access to an extremely convenient daily flight schedule, which ensures that business executives travelling from Ghana arrive in London early in the morning to start work or easily connect to other destinations in Europe or North America. Also there is a network of domestic, regional and international lounges, offering a chance to freshen up, get something to eat and catch up on mails or a bit of work between flights.

“It is really remarkable. We have been in Ghana long enough to see the country develop into one of Africa’s most important economies and the gateway to the West African sub-region. In the 18 months I have been here, I have experienced such warmth from the people that I can see why we are constantly looking for ways to give back to the country,” he said.

British Airways has invested over £5bn in its global operations in recent years, with a significant amount of this investment going into customer convenience and efficient operations. “As an international airline serving hundreds of destinations in nearly 90 countries, we understand, more than most, the important link between efficient, modern airlinks and successful business.”

To mark its 79thanniversary, British Airways is offering a special fare from Accra to London and selected destinations, starting from $979 in World Traveller (Economy Class), $1,479 in World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy); and $3,079 in Club World (Business Class).

 

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