Domestic Airline, Africa World Airlines (AWA) and South Africa Airways SAA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, to formalize and enhance corporation between the two Airlines.
The agreement between the two airline companies and singed at the Ministry of Aviation was referred to as a “milestone” by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africa World Airlines, , is aimed at deepening its partnership with SAA.
According to the CEO of AWA, the agreement would allow the airline to transport its passengers across South Africa Airline’s network in Afica and North America, while AWA will also make accessible, the West Africa market available to SAA.
He stated that, AWA has invested heavily in safety, becoming the first and only domestic airline in Ghana to obtain the AITA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificaton, which is a standard for all major international airlines.
Expressing his confidence after the signing of the MoU, the CEO of South Africa Airlines, Vuyani Jarana, has explained that the partnership is going to expand connectivity for Africa, saying, “We are a firm believer that for Africa to be connected, it is not going to be just one airline but it will take such partnerships and collaborations between airlines like ours and this will create better and wider connectivity.”
Areas the partnership will explore include, training and safety management, with the immediate focus on commercial execution and managing costs between the two airlines. Vuyani Jarana has noted that, “if we are able to pool our buying power together; whether we’re buying fuel or negotiating airport charges, these are the things we have to collaborate”.
Meanwhile, co – founder and Chairman of Africa World Airlines Togbe Afede XIV (the fourteenth) said this strategic partnership is part of the airline’s expansion strategy to benefit its customers. He mentioned, “The link will help us bring to Ghana, people who will ordinarily not come to Ghana. With this, we are working directly into the government’s plan of making Ghana an aviation hub and improving commercial activity between African countries.”
Togbe Afede XIV has also underscored the Airlines’ readiness and potential to contribute to the establishment of the Home – based carrier. The High commissioner for South Africa Lulu Xingwana who was also present at the occasion opined, the agreement, aside its commercial benefits for the two airlines, will also boost trade and tourism in Ghana, South Africa and other cities to be covered.
The signing of the MOU was also witnessed by the Deputy Minister for aviation, Kwabena Otchere Darko Mensah, Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Simon Allotey, Managing Director for the Ghana Airports Company Limited, Yaw Kwakwa , Directors at the ministry for Aviation and other Industry stakeholders.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister for Aviation Kofi Adda said the two airlines must make known any challenges they encounter in order to help the ministry with policy formulation.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covers scope to introduce partnerships, including functional areas such as interlines, code – share and other related projects. The relationship between the airlines will thus allow passengers to purchase single tickets from any destination served by either SAA or AWA, and transfer seamlessly between the airlines to their final destination.
This will create an expanded network for both airlines, and allow travel between city pairs that did not previously have good connectivity options bringing about ease for the travelling populace
The relationship between the two Airlines goes as far as 2015 when Africa World Airlines was identified as South Africa Airlines partner Airline in Ghana for regional cooperation to feed and defend the SAA long Haul Flights using the Kotoka International Airport as the main connecting hub to the West Coast.