Starbow begins services

Starbow BAe 146 9G-SBB

Starbow BAe 146 9G-SBB at Accra’s Kotoka International (Paul Morley)

New Ghanaian airline Starbow Airlines operated its first service, from Accra to Kumasi, on 26 September. In addition to twice daily flights to Kumasi, Starbow is planning to launch daily flights to Takoradi and Tamale. Longer term, Starbow’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brock Friesen, has stated that the airline plans to extend its network to many towns within two-and-a-half hour flying time from Accra, offering at least two daily flights on each routes. The airline operates two BAe 146-300s, 9G-SBA (msn E3125) and 9G-SBB (msn E3123). Both are configured with eight business class and 86 economy class seats. 9G-SBA was delivered on 13 July, and 9G-SBB followed on 17 August. Two of Starbow’s competitors, Antrak Air Limited and CTK Network Aviation Limited, are suing the airline and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), claiming that Starbow’s Air Carriers Licence is invalid. Starbow was founded in 2007 as Aero Surveys Ghana Limited and then rebranded first as Air Shuttle and then, following a change in ownership, as Starbow Airlines. However, the lawsuit claims that the Licence originally issued to Aero Survey was non-transferable. Starbow denies the allegations, indicating that it had followed proper procedures in securing a renewal of its licence following the management change. The lawsuit is pending before the Industrial and Labour Division of Ghana’s High Court.

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