Africa World Airlines

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Africa World Airlines
Africa World Airlines Logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations21 September 2012
Operating basesKotoka International Airport
Fleet size8
Company slogan"Touching Africa, Touching The World"
Parent companyHNA Group
HeadquartersAccra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Key peopleQuan "John" Xiaoyi (CEO)[1]
Togbe Afede XIV (Founder)[2]

Africa World Airlines Limited (AWA) is a Ghanaian airline company with its head office in Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana,[3] and its main hub at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.


Africa World Airlines was incorporated in 2010 and commenced flights in 2012. It is a joint venture between Hainan Airlines, China-Africa Development Fund, SSNIT and SAS Finance Group[4][5]

AWA became a full member of IATA in October 2017.[6]

In 2019, AWA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South African Airways to jointly pursue opportunities in West Africa, including a system wide codeshare agreement and other commercial partnerships.[7] The airline also announced an interline partnership with Emirates to provide domestic and regional feed to their flights at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.[8]


Current fleet[edit]

An Africa World Airlines ERJ-145LR at Kumasi Airport.

The Africa World Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of April 2019): [9]

Africa World Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers
B E Total
Embraer ERJ-145LI 8 0 50 50[10]

Fleet development[edit]

Africa World Airlines took delivery on 30 August 2012 of its first Embraer 145 aircraft that will be used to operate domestic routes. .[11] A second aircraft was delivered on 8 September 2012.[12]. The airline added a 3rd aircraft in 2013 and a further 5 aircraft between 2016 and 2019. All these aircraft were previously operated by Tianjin Airlines which is a sister company within the HNA Group.[13]


Africa World Airlines operates the following scheduled services as of June 2018.[14] [15]

Sierra Leone

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 13 February 2018, an Africa World Airlines Embraer 145 from Lagos to Accra with 41 passengers and 4 crew was the target of a robbery plot while taxiing for departure. The robbery was foiled after the pilot discharged hot air from the aircraft's exhaust onto the robbers.[18]


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  12. ^ "9G-AEU Africa World Airlines". Archived from the original on 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
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  14. ^ "Africa World plans low cost services in Ghana".
  15. ^ "Africa World Airline To Take Off, September". Ghana News Agency.
  16. ^ "Home - Africa World Airlines". Africa World Airlines. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
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