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Letter From The President: Fly away GIA

Fri, 11 Nov 2005 Source: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents,

About two weeks ago we launched a new national carrier ? GIA. The airline is all set for business and its managers are optimistic that they will start making profits soon. I hope so. I don?t want another Ghana Airways on my hands and I have ordered all those involved in ?nursing? the new carrier to do the right things ? always.
After their maiden flight to London, I called up the managers of GIA and wished them the best of luck. You remember that maiden flight (to and from London) was not without incident. First, I was so annoyed to see so many ministers and other government officials on board ? for no apparent reason. For most of them there was an opportunity to travel free of charge and they wouldn?t miss it for all the glasscutters in Kintampo. Take I.C. Quaye for example. He has not been able to explain why he went to London on that maiden flight. But he was the first to scream ?sabotage? when GIA seemed to be going the way of Ghana Airways. If you didn?t know, GIA?s maiden flight was delayed for about three hours in Accra. Apparently, the aircraft?s luggage compartment had not been properly fixed ? or something like that.

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents,

About two weeks ago we launched a new national carrier ? GIA. The airline is all set for business and its managers are optimistic that they will start making profits soon. I hope so. I don?t want another Ghana Airways on my hands and I have ordered all those involved in ?nursing? the new carrier to do the right things ? always.
After their maiden flight to London, I called up the managers of GIA and wished them the best of luck. You remember that maiden flight (to and from London) was not without incident. First, I was so annoyed to see so many ministers and other government officials on board ? for no apparent reason. For most of them there was an opportunity to travel free of charge and they wouldn?t miss it for all the glasscutters in Kintampo. Take I.C. Quaye for example. He has not been able to explain why he went to London on that maiden flight. But he was the first to scream ?sabotage? when GIA seemed to be going the way of Ghana Airways. If you didn?t know, GIA?s maiden flight was delayed for about three hours in Accra. Apparently, the aircraft?s luggage compartment had not been properly fixed ? or something like that.

Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch