Air France is likely to open 27 new destinations in the African sub-region in 2017 as it inaugurates its Accra-Paris route, Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
CEO of Air Franc- KLM and Chairman of Airfrance Jean-Marc Janaillac said the new destinations are part of long term efforts at improving relations on the African sub-region.
He was part of the contingent aboard the maiden Air-France Paris-Accra route whose passengers arrived in Accra yesterday after a little over six hours journey from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
At a press conference in Accra to announce the inaugural flight, Janaillac said the new route is a “symbol to strengthen partnership between Ghana and France.”
He was convinced the new partnership will enhance business relations between the two countries and promote culture and tourism as well.
Already 60 French companies are established in Ghana and have created over 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, the Air-France CEO revealed, adding, the decision to connect a direct flight from Accra to Paris is based on studies conducted which show a steady rise in business opportunities.
As part of the package, there will be three weekly flight to Accra from Paris to be operated by Airbus A330, with a capacity of 208 seats (40 in business class, 21 in Premium Economy and 147 in Economy until March 27, 2017.
After this date the route will be served by Boeing 777-200 with capacity of 312 seats equipped with the latest long haul travel cabins throughout the 2017 summer season.
The new flight will complement that of KLM, offering a daily service between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Accra this winter.
60 years celebrations
At a time Ghana is celebrating its 60th Independence Anniversary, Jean-Marc Janaillac was also proud to announce 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and hoped the relations will be grow even further.
The Senior Vice President of Air France KLM Mr Frank Legre said Air France KLM currently operates 480 flights to 51 destinations in Africa and promised a reliable service at competitive cost to customers.
He said Air France KLM believes in the opportunities in Africa and the company is committed to the cause of Africa.
He also assured of his company’s respect of the cultural identities and diversities of its passengers, adding, as part of promoting the cultural agenda of Africa, Air France KLM has been showing African movies, and serving African dishes as well.
He said the combined effect of a spacious aircraft, better customer service and the respect of cultural diversities will ensure happy customers.
At the press conference, Air France demonstrated the customer comfortability assured, especially to business class passengers on one of the business cabins.