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Starbow’s first ATR 72-500 veers off the runway at Accra, Ghana, suspends operations


Starbow Airliners took delivery of its first ATR 72-500 aircraft, the pictured 9G-SBF, on November 22, 2017. The second ATR 72 aircraft is scheduled to arrive soon.

However three days later on November 25, 2017, the new type was involved in an runway accident at Accra, Ghana while operating flight S9 104.

Reportedly, the aircraft with 63 passengers and five crew members veered off the runway in heavy rain while attempting its takeoff and exited the runway coming to rest in the perimeter fence.

Read the full report from GhanaWeb.

Starbow Airlines issued this statement:

Starbow S9 104 Incident at Accra, Kotoka International Airport.

Everyone at Starbow wishes to express their sincere regret for the distress experienced by our guests on Flight S9 104 on November 25, 2017 at 12:45, local time. The service, operated by ATR 72-500 (registration 9G-SBF), was a scheduled flight from Accra to Kumasi. All sixty-five guests and five crew disembarked, as normal, though five guests were treated for minor injuries at the Airport Clinic. The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has begun an investigation into the incident.

Eric Antwi, Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘All of us at Starbow at this time remain dedicated to our guests, our crew and their families. Their safety and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, and we will cooperate fully with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, and other agencies, to determine the cause of this incident. We hope to be able to provide further information in due course’.

Starbow has suspended its operations with immediate effect and guests with future reservations are invited to contact the airline at 024 500 0000 to make alternative travel arrangements.

Photo: Starbow Airlines.

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Starbow Airlines becomes a new Bombardier Q400 operator via Falcon Aviation Services


Starbow Airlines (Aero Surveys Limited) (Accra) has become a new Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) operator. The pictured Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) A6-FLR (msn 4486) is actually wet leased from and operated by Falcon Aviation Services (Abu Dhabi). Bombardier has issued this statement:

Starbow became the first Ghana-based operator of the Q400 turboprop when it launched service with a Q400 NextGen aircraft wet-leased from Falcon Aviation Services LLC of Abu Dhabi. The aircraft is one of six that Falcon ordered from Bombardier in 2014.

Starbow has joined more than 50 owners and operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft worldwide, and has become the 18th member of the family in Africa.

Starbow is a privately owned airline headquartered in Accra, Ghana. Operating domestically from its base at Kotoka International Airport, it is the largest Ghanaian airline. Starbow began domestic flights out of Kotoka International Airport on September 26, 2011 and is currently serving Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale Airports. Starbow is developing and executing its fleet renewal strategy.

Top Photo: Bombardier.

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Video: The Starbow BAe 146-300.


Starbow Airlines launches its first international route to Cotonou

Starbow Airlines (Accra) launched its first international route on August 13 from Accra to Cotonou, Benin.

Starbow is commencing Cotonou services with five flights per week but this service is expected to increase to daily flights within weeks. The nonstop flights will take 45 minutes only, thus reducing the travel time dramatically.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. BAe 146-300 9G-SBB (msn E3123) is seen at Southend before delivery to Africa.

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Starbow Airlines to add two more BAe 146s

Starbow Airlines (Accra) is planning to add additional BAe 146s.

The new airline issued the following statement:

“Aero Surveys Limited, a West African regional carrier, operating under the commercial name ”Starbow” has just finalized the lease of another two BAe 146 jetliners bringing its total fleet size to four jets in less than six months.

Starbow started domestic operations in Ghana on Monday September 26, 2011 with its maiden flight to Kumasi. Starbow’s patronage has increased overwhelmingly since it commenced operations and now serves Kumasi with 16 flights a week, Tamale with 7 flights a week and Takoradi with 5 flights a week.

Regionally, Starbow plans to offer direct air services from Accra, Ghana to capital cities of neighbouring countries in the second quarter of 2012 namely, Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Monrovia in Liberia and Cotonou in Benin.

Starbow is leasing the aircraft from Riva Investments Limited, a lessor based in the British Virgin Islands, which has purchased the aircraft from Falko Regional Aircraft Limited. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled in May 2012.”

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

Starbow Airlines commences operations in Ghana

Starbow Airlines (Accra) commenced scheduled passenger flights on September 26 on the Accra-Kumasi route using BAe 146-300s.

The new airline issued the following statement:

Aero Surveys Limited, operating under the commercial name Starbow, announced that its scheduled commercial air services commenced on Monday, September 26, 2011.

Starbow is operating two BAe 146-300s aircraft with 94 seats, including 8 Business Class seats. The BAe 146-300 is a four-engine jet aircraft that will bring an unprecedented level of reliability, speed, and comfort to aviation in Ghana.

The inauguration flight was from Accra to Kumasi. On September 28 2011, Starbow added the Accra-Tamale route and soon after, Accra-Takoradi route as well as a second daily flight to Kumasi.

Starbow has partnered with leading European maintenance providers, Inflite, and has hired highly experienced foreign and local pilots, all of whom are trained to EASA standards. Starbow aims to achieve world class levels of safety and reliability.”

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. BAe 146-300 G-UKSC became 9G-SBA (msn E3125) on delivery. The airline is pictured at Southend before the delivery.

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Starbow Airlines is born in Ghana

Starbow Airlines (Accra) is a new airline that is planning to operate two BAe 146-300s on domestic and regional routes in Ghana. The first aircraft has been painted at Southend.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Last operated by Eurowings as D-AEWM, this 146-300 has reverted to its original AirUK delivery registration of G-UKSC (msn E3125). Pictured at Southend after painting, the airliner will become 9G-SBA on delivery to the new carrier.