Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Starbow Airlines promises affordable flights in Ghana

Aero Surveys Limited, an airline company trading under the commercial name, Starbow, which is the latest addition to Ghana’s aviation industry, say they are poised to offer affordable and reliable air service in Ghana and the West African Sub Region.
Starbow started domestic flights out of Kotoka International Airport on September 26 serving Kumasi, Tamale, and embarking on its first trip to Takoradi on Tuesday November 8.
The Airline plans to expand its operations to Abidjan, Monrovia, Abuja and other places in West Africa.
The Starbow fleet consists of two BAe 146-300 jets. Each aircraft has 94 passenger seats, of which 8 are in business class.
Speaking to Radio Maxx after the first inaugural flight to Takoradi, the Chief Executive of Starbow Airline, Dr. Brock Friesen, said the Airline has come to stay and would deliver to meet the demands of travellers as its gears up to provide a 7-day service to travellers in and out of various cities.
Dr. Friesen, who doubles as the Chief Operating Officer of Starbow Airlines says their affordable prices and reliable service is likely to whip up interest in domestic air travel.
In the first three weeks of its launch, Starbow gave a highly competitive promotional offer where flights from Accra to Kumasi cost only GHS 99, whilst that from Accra to Tamale cost GHS149.
“The primary thing is that we have made air travel much more affordable in Ghana. The cost of domestic travel in Ghana and in West Africa is very high by World standards. It’s much cheaper to fly anywhere in North America than it is to fly a similar route such as Accra to Tamale. The cost is 50 to a 100 percent higher than it will be in Europe or North America. So all we have done is to bring the prices closer to the world price levels so that more people can afford to fly” Dr. Friesen said.
Starbow’s motto “It’s all about You” embodies the philosophy of the Starbow brand, including the values and principles that we follow in our daily activities. Starbow adheres to the highest safety and operational standards.
Some passengers who were on the first Takoradi Trip described the flight as smooth, and lauded the air hostesses for their warmth gestures and unique services. They urged the management of Starbow to maintain the standards in order to win more clients.