Posted on: 17 March 2015 by Mark Howells
Starbow, the airline brand of Aero Surveys Limited, has become the first Ghana-based operator of Bombardier’s Q400 turboprop after launching services on a Q400 NextGen aircraft wet-leased from Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi.
“In collaboration with Falcon, we are thrilled to have launched operations with the Q400 NextGen aircraft – the most technologically advanced 60- to 90-seat turboprop available today,” remarked Eric Antwi, Starbow’s CEO. “Our fleet renewal strategy will be well served by this modern, reliable and fuel-efficient aircraft, and we look forward to expanding our regional route network. In addition, we anticipate that our passengers will appreciate the Q400 NextGen aircraft's quiet, comfortable cabin.”
The Q400 aircraft is one of six that Falcon ordered from Bombardier in 2014, and its entry into service with Starbow re-emphasises an MoU signed by Falcon and Bombardier in July 2014 to jointly address the need in Africa for modern, high-quality aircraft solutions which meet international standards.
Starbow has joined more than 50 owners and operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft worldwide, and has become the 18th member of the family in Africa.
“Starbow's operation is yet another successful placement of the Q400 NextGen aircraft in sub-Saharan Africa and we are delighted to be collaborating with the airline in launching service from Ghana,” said Mahmoud Ismael, COO of Falcon Aviation Services. “The Q400 NextGen aircraft continues to prove its operational capability in Africa's hot, topographically diverse landscape. The aircraft's performance in the arid environments in the north; humid sub-Saharan regions; and at challenging airports such as those at high elevations or with unpaved runways, is a true testament to its value, making it an excellent asset in our portfolio.”
Bombardier's customer support network for commercial aircraft in Africa includes a Regional Support Office (RSO) and spare parts depot, co-located in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as Authorized Service Facilities in South Africa and Ethiopia.