“Deploying the first of our newly-retrofitted Airbus A330 on the Paris-Accra route is a demonstration of how Air France is committed to this market, and is primed to meet the needs of the Ghanaian travelling public,” Mr. Frank Legre, Senior Vice-President for Africa-Air France, has said.
The maiden flight of the A330-200, with the new-look cabins of the Paris-based airline, landed at the Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) at 18:50 local time on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Mr. Legre told the B&FT that: “Now we are very happy to introduce the new version of the A330-200 to Accra and Ouagadougou. We have revamped all the cabins with new full-flat Business Class seats; we now have 36 exclusive Business Class seats. We have a bit more seats in Economy but a bit less seats in Business Class. All in all, it provides 7 percent more seats to the line. We have in total of 224 seats in this newly retrofitted aircraft”.
He added:” We believe Ghana is a very buoyant economy. Overall GDP growth of 7.6 percent is projected for 2019. Export of agro-products is also strong from Ghana, and the benefit for Ghana is having a balanced economy and not depending too much on oil. So, we are very happy serving this country”.
The new-look A330 cabins, which have new wider seats made from comfortable passenger-friendly fabric, offer comfort, tranquility, pleasure and elegance – qualities that are missing in most Economy and Economy Premium cabins.
Mrs. Carole Paytavin, Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience-Air France, explained that the Economy Cabin now has more space between the armrests, reinforced ergonomic foam in the seat and a 118° recline; 79cm legroom, a larger tray-table, and a wider latest-generation 11.7 inch 16:9 touchscreen.
Passengers are now also provided with new accessories. The Economy seats also allow passengers to use their electronic devices with a USB-plug and an individual electric socket. There is also Wi-Fi throughout the flight, and a wide range of entertainment with the audio headset that is available to all passengers in Economy.
“The Premium Economy Cabin also offers a 130° seat recline, additional storage space, a wider footrest and a 13.3 inch HD screen. The softer seat cushions and wider leather armrests have also been redesigned,” Mrs. Paytavin explained.
Daily flights out of Accra
Air France offers daily service between Accra and its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France and onward connections to hundreds of destinations in Europe, North America and Asia.
The airline, which commenced the new schedule on March 25, 2018, said the strategic decision to operate daily flights between Paris and Accra – with stops in the two neighbouring West Africa countries – is to offer the travelling public more options on the route.
After two years of operation, Air France – which is a member of the Air France-KLM Group – is recording about 88 percent load factor on the Accra-Paris route and is looking to consolidate gains made with the new product.
The airline, a subsidiary of the Air France–KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, has been serving the Accra market for six decades.