KLM Royal Dutch Airlines says it expects the airline to make more gains in the Ghanaian aviation industry despite the economic challenges confronting the country.
It said the airline had recorded a 33 per cent growth in sales more than it did last year.
Speaking in an interview with a section of the media in Accra Mr Axel Metselaar, Ghana Country Manager for Air France-KLM said the airline had seen forward bookings up to October, an indication of good business for the airline.
He said the airline which had been operating in the country for the past 55 years was very confident in the prospects of the Ghanaian economy and the aviation industry.
Boeing 777-200 introduced
Consequently, Mr. Metselaar said the airline had began operating on a daily basis its Boeing 777-200 between Accra and Amsterdam, with a fully renovated cabin interior in both World Business Class and Economy Class.
He said the in-flight entertainment system had also been fully renewed to meet the changing needs of passengers.
“The new Economy Class seats, designed by Hella Jongerius, offer travelers more legroom and a whole new in-flight entertainment system, featuring a larger 9-inch, HD-quality touchscreen, interactive 3D cards and a ‘seat chat’ app that allows travelers to communicate with passengers who are seated elsewhere in the cabin,” he said.
He said the smart design of the new Economy Class seats creates extra legroom, thus ensuring greater comfort.
“In addition, the ergonomically optimised headrests offer improved neck support. Specially designed cushions as well as durable, high-density materials and a power outlet add to passenger comfort and control. And last but not least the new in-flight entertainment system offers access to more than 150 movies and 200 TV shows in many languages, including many local movies,” he said.
“The design of our new World Business Class on the Boeing 777-200 revolves around the new full-flat seat which is 2.07 meters long. The positioning of the new seats in the cabin and various other smart design elements ensure maximum privacy while sleeping or working,” he said.
“In March 2013, KLM introduced this new World Business Class interior aboard its Boeing 777. Today, 10 out of 15 aircraft of this type in KLM’s fleet have been refurbished. The Amsterdam – Accra – Amsterdam route has been specially selected to have this new refitted product on a daily basis from August 17 and onwards. The 15 Boeing 777-200 will all be equipped with both new cabins by the end of 2015,” Mr. Metselaar said.
He said, “We are elated KLM’s top management has determined to schedule this totally new onboard product on a daily basis for the Accra route per August 17th.”
“We already introduced the Boeing 777-200 on our Accra services since April 2015; however aircraft with the new interior was only available three times per week till now. As two third of KLM’s Boeing 777-200 fleet has been refurbished, we can offer a consistent upgraded product on a daily basis. This once again underlines the importance Ghana plays in the KLM’s worldwide network.”
Mr. Metselaar said by the end of 2015, a total of 15 Boeing 777-200 in KLM’s fleet should be refurbished.
To celebrate the launch of the daily product, he said KLM Ghana is offering a promotional discount of USD 777 to all customers purchasing their ticket for KLM’s World Business Class services to destinations in Europe, the USA and Canada.
Additional to this, loyal KLM customers enrolled in the Flying Blue loyalty programme will receive 7770 bonus miles on when flying during the action period. Tickets must be purchased by September 7, 2015 and travel must be completed by November 30 this year.
By David Adadevoh