Boeing [NYSE:BA] has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Republic of Ghana for the acquisition of three 787-9 Dreamliner jets at a list price value of USD 877.5 million, the company said.
The three Dreamliners will provide the backbone for the launch of a regional network that can eventually serve international destinations.
The carrier, to be based in Accra, would establish the capital city as a strategic hub that serves cities across West Africa. Future routes would include destinations in Europe, North America and Asia and the long-term plan is to open the airline to private investment and operation.
The 787-9 is part of a family of three airplanes that offer long ranges and unmatched fuel efficiency in the 200 to 350 seat market. The 787-9 can carry 296 passengers and fly up to 7,530 nautical miles (13,950 kms), while reducing fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent compared to older airplanes.
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