PassionAir, operated by trained Ghanaian aviation professionals, has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a Bombardier Q400 turboprops, as it prepares to commence domestic operations in the country.
The aircraft arrived at about 4pm on Sunday August 19, 2018 at the Kotoka International Airport and was met on arrival by management of the airline, Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) and Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) officials.
The airline, according to the aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, acquired the aircraft through a dry-lease with a third party. The airline will operate the three Q400 aircraft in a 78-seat configuration on domestic routes.
The last week announced that it has placed three pre-owned Q400s with Passion Air from the Republic of Ghana
“This is a first step, and we look forward to expanding our fleet with more Bombardier aircraft,” said Edward Annan, Chief Executive Officer, Passion Air.
“The Q400 offers the performance and flexibility that we need to further develop our network. With a range that unlocks great opportunities for us, we are confident that we will capitalize on a larger market, which extends to 12 countries and over 180 million potential passengers out of Accra,” he added.
David Speirs, Vice-President, Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, in a statement said: “Bombardier has sold about 3,500 new regional aircraft to date, and we continue to be very active on the used aircraft market.
Our recent momentum on the pre-owned aircraft market worldwide is a clear indication that our products are addressing a growing need for regional air transportation, especially in emerging markets.”
Our market penetration in Africa continues to intensify, and we are pleased to welcome Passion Air as the first commercial airline operating a Bombardier regional aircraft in the Republic of Ghana,” Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice-President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft said.
“Africa is the youngest and fastest growing region in the world, and regional aircraft like the Q400 will play a key role in helping advancing Africa’s economic growth,” he added.