Starbow

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Starbow
Starbow Airlines logo.jpg
IATA
S9
ICAO
IKM
Callsign
EASY SHUTTLE
Founded 1995
2011 (trading as Starbow)
Operating bases Kotoka International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 4
Company slogan It's all about you.
Headquarters Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Key people James Eric Antwi (CEO)
Website www.flystarbow.com

Aero Surveys Limited, which trades as Starbow, is a Ghanaian privately owned airline headquartered in Osu, Accra, Ghana.[1] Starbow claims to be the largest Ghanaian airline measured by passengers carried;[2] Despite a brief regional expansion, the airline now only operates domestic flights, from its base at Kotoka International Airport, Accra.

History[edit]

Origins and rebranding[edit]

The company was originally incorporated in October 1997 as Aero Surveys Limited and later rebranded its activities as Air Shuttle. It operated two Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft for domestic charters and air taxi services, gaining its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), in August 2009.

In 2011, the ownership of the airline changed, which resulted in a further rebranding to a new commercial name, Starbow, with regional flights in mind. A communication and recruitment campaign was launched and two 94 seat BAe 146-300 jet aircraft were acquired for scheduled domestic passenger services.

Starbow began domestic flights out of Kotoka International Airport on 26 September 2011, serving Kumasi and Tamale. The aircraft offered both business and economy class seating. Starbow added its 3rd destination on 8 November 2011, with return flights to Takoradi from its Accra base.

Expansion plans curtailed[edit]

On 3 February 2012, after just 5 months in operation, Starbow announced that they had finalised a deal to lease two additional BAe 146-300 aircraft that would double their fleet size to 4 aircraft. [3] The aircraft entered into service less than 6 months later.

Starbow's first international route was announced on 31 July 2012. The up to 5 times weekly service from Accra to Cotonou in Benin started 13 August 2012.[4] Abidjan in the Ivory Coast became the carrier's second international destination. The route launched on 8 November 2012 with flights operating up to 5 times weekly from Accra.[5] Starbow also expressed ambitions for further regional routes to be provided.[6]

Starbow announced on 16 December 2012 that they were adding a 97 seat BAe 146-200 to their fleet. [7]

However, in early 2013 all international services were suspended due to poor performance. In November 2013, press reports said that Starbow were to go ahead with fleet renewal plans following the recent appointment of an agent to dispose of the current fleet of two BAe 146-300s and one BAe 146-200, with the third BAe 146-300 being sold for parts. Collectively, the aircraft average 25 years of age. Starbow was reportedly still considering its options for potential replacement aircraft.[8][9]

Also in November 2013, Starbow's CEO James Eric Antwi said they would move their business out of Ghana if the Government does not address the concerns of domestic airlines, citing small market size and low fares as some of their concerns, and saying that Starbow could relocate their business to other countries such as the Ivory Coast.[10]

Destinations[edit]

Starbow currently operates to and from the following destinations:

 Ghana

Starbow also operates charter services from its Accra base to other cities in the sub-region.

Fleet[edit]

As of December 2013, the Starbow fleet consists of :

Starbow Fleet
Aircraft Origin Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
BAe 146-200  United Kingdom 1 97 97 [11]
BAe 146-300  United Kingdom 2 8 86 94 [12]
Total 3

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