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British Airways Acquires 72 Aircraft To Grow African Operation

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VENTURES AFRICA- British Airways is planning to boost its logistics operations in Africa with the purchase of 72 new aircraft before the end of the year, allowing the arliner to expand its existing route network in Africa, particularly its Nigerian market.

The airline said it has already placed an order for the purchase of 12 Airbus 380s, 24 Boeing 787s, six Boeing 777-300 ERs and 10 Airbus 320s aircraft; some of which have been delivered.

Speaking on the new investment drive, BA Country Commercial Manager for West Africa, Kola Olayinka said the airline hopes to strengthen its African business with the acquisitions.

According to Olayinka, about 20 modern aircraft will join the growing fleet of the airline.

These will be used to gradually replace some of the older, less fuel-efficient aircraft in the BA fleet and allow the management to add new destinations and improve schedules, he added.

British Airways currently operates 85 flights weekly to 14 African destinations including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya where it recently introduced the Boeing 747-400s to enhance its operations within the region.

In the West African region, BA plan to increase its flights to Ghana from 10 per week to 11 per week by the last quarter of this year.

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Reportagem confusa,na verdade a BA não adquiriu,este pedido de aeronaves já é velho e ainda tem aeronaves a serem entregues,bem como é confuso ao citar que a BA colocou o B747 pra África,ela já operava e apenas trocou equipamento em rota

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