Air France commits to Accra market

BY: Maclean Kwofi
 Mr Frank Legre (right) addressing the press conference. With him are  Mrs Carole Peytavin (middle) and Mr Dick Van Nieuwenhuyzen
Mr Frank Legre (right) addressing the press conference. With him are Mrs Carole Peytavin (middle) and Mr Dick Van Nieuwenhuyzen

The Senior Vice-President of the Air France–KLM Group in charge of Africa, Mr Frank Legre, has described the Ghanaian aviation market as an important one in the West African sub-region.

This was one of the main reasons the group had stayed and operated in the country for several years, and was poised to serve customers in Ghana, he explained.

At an event to unveil Air France’s new long-haul travel cabins on February 6 in Accra, Mr Legre said management of the group was happy about its performance in the country.

He stated that the new long-haul travel cabins were exclusively available on board its Airbus A330s.

“The company offers a new travel experience in its business (36 seats), premium economy (21 seats) and economy (167 seats) cabins. 15 aircraft will be completely redesigned by 2020 thanks to a global investment of €140 million,” he said.

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Complete redesign

Senior Vice-President in charge of Customer Experience Air France-KLM, Mrs Carole Peytavin, said the new business seat, adapted to the dimensions of the Airbus A330, offered a good travel experience.

Completely redesigned, she stated that the seat converted into a lie-flat bed that was two centimetres long and 57.1 centimetres wide for jet lag-free flying across time zones.

She explained that whether travelling alone or with a companion, the new seat adapted to every need.

According to her, customers can choose to enjoy greater proximity when they are travelling with someone or total privacy thanks to a sliding panel separating the seats.

Strategic decision

The Country Manager of Air France, Mr Dick Van Nieuwenhuyzen, stated that the strategic decision to operate daily flights between Paris and Accra, with stops in the two neighbouring West Africa countries – was to offer the travelling public more options on the route.

After two years of operation, Air France – which is a member of the Air France-KLM Group – is recording about 88 per cent load factor on the Accra-Paris route and is looking to consolidate gains made with the new product.