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10.07.2003 General News

Ghanair - soon to be "plane-less"

By THE INDEPENDENT
Ghanair  - soon to be
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NO AIRCRAFT FOR GHANAIR AFTER JULY 17 The fortune of Ghana Airways are set to take a dive for the worst following a revelation that the airline will be without any of its own aircraft after July 17. The only operating aircraft of the airline at the moment, the DC-109G ANB is to go out of operation on July 17 for maintenance work in Italy. When THE INDEPENDENT visited the white Avenue offices of Ghana Airways in Accra last Monday, most officials of the airline, aware of the consequences of the development to the airline’s finances preferred to remain tight lipped on the matter. Philip Owusu, CEO of the airline, was also out of the office ostensibly attending a meeting. Some Ghanair staff who spoke to THE INDEPENDENT on anonymity however preferred that the situation is not published with the reason that passengers and clients who have purchased tickets for flights after July 17 will flood the airline with demands for refunds of their monies. The situation is so dire that many staff of the airline are throwing their hands in despair with the fear that this may yet be the beginning of the end for the airline. In the meantime, three of the airlines other aircraft are also “impounded” in Italy following the failure of the airline to pay for maintenance cost.


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