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8 MARCH 2010

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Article from BTNews 8 MARCH 2010

Accra flights

ACCRA (Ghana) suddenly seems to be the flavour of the month with the announcement of two major long haul services due for a Spring start.  On 24 May Virgin Atlantic begins a three times per week flight from Heathrow’s Terminal 3 using an Airbus A340 kitted out with 34 Upper Class, 35 Premium Economy and 171 Economy seats.  It will be the first new Virgin route since Kingston (Jamaica) in October 2007.  The seven-hour flight is overnight outbound and daylight for the return.  It competes with British Airways daily Boeing 777 service from Heathrow and Ghana International with a three times per week 757 operation from Gatwick.  On 20 June United Airlines introduce the carrier’s first-ever non-stop service to the African continent, with a daily 767 routing from Washington.  Making the announcement was Mark Schwab, formerly the airline’s boss in London and now Senior Vice-President of Alliances, International & Regulatory Affairs. www.virgin-atlantic.com  www.united.com

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