Top Ghanaian Emirates pilot quits to join McDan Aviation

Captain Solomon Quainoo12 Captain Solomon Quainoo

Sun, 26 Jun 2022 Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Celebrated Ghanaian pilot, Captain Solomon Quainoo has confirmed his exit from Emirates to join the country's latest aviation service provider, McDan Aviation

In a tweet posted on Saturday June 25, Captain Quainoo wrote, "Goodbye Emirates and Hello McDan Aviation."

McDan Aviation operates the country’s first private jet service at the Terminal one section of the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

In 2018, Captain Quainoo became the first selected pilot to successfully land a historic one-off Emirates A380 aircraft - the world’s largest passenger plane- at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Accra.

Speaking in an earlier interview with Accra-based Starr FM, Captain Solomon Quainoo called on government to increase local participation to improve the country’s aviation industry. 

Touching on moves by government to establish a national carrier, the now former top Emirates pilot lauded the idea and indicated it will would help enhance development in the aviation sector.

He, however, called for the prioritisation of private investor participation which should be adopted by government as done in other jurisdictions like that of Emirates Airlines and the United Arab Emirates.

“Government can be in partnership with private entities. Looking at the experience of Ghana Airways and what went on; I think we should separate the national airline from the state and give local private investors the power – and also provide favourable policies which will help us to build a very good flight carrier,” Capt. Quainoo explained.

Following the collapse of Ghana Airways in 2004 and the Ghana International Airline, Ghana has been without a national airline for international travel activities.

Despite several attempts to re-establish a new national carrier, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, during the 2022 budget statement hinted at plans to kickstart operations this year [2022].

This comes after some industry observers have questioned the feasibility of a national carrier, following the demise of Ghana Airways as well as the high indebtedness of many state-owned enterprises.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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