British Airways considers Africa an important growth market and the acquisition of bmi and new aircraft coming into the feet are enabling us to expand our network on the continent.
The acquisition of bmi two years ago meant we were able to start flying to new destinations in Africa such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Libya. We were also able to increase our services to some existing African markets.
New aircraft have also increased the opportunities for expansion. We’ve ordered 12 A380s, 24 Boeing 787s, six 777-300 ERs and 10 A320s. We have already taken delivery of a number of these aircraft and twenty more will have joined the fleet by the end of this year. These will gradually replace some of the older, less fuel-efficient aircraft in our fleet and allow us to add new destinations and improve schedules.
In South Africa we introduced the A380 on the Johannesburg route three times a week earlier this year, increasing capacity to the country’s commercial capital. This was only the third route after Los Angeles and Hong Kong where we began operating this aircraft.
We’ve also upped our winter frequencies to Cape Town from daily to 10 a week and have invested nearly R20 million in a new lounge at Cape Town International.
In East Africa we’ve added an additional frequency to Uganda to offer four weekly flights and have amended our schedule to provide better connections to other international services through Terminal 5.
We’ve increased capacity to Kenya by introducing Boeing 747-400s on the route. Using larger aircraft provides over 780 additional seats every week.
In West Africa we increased our services to Ghana to 10 a week, and in Oct 2014, Flights to Ghana are scheduled to increase to 11 per week.
In all we currently operate 85 flights a week to 14 African destinations.
All of this is good news for business travellers, as is our joint business with American Airlines which has now been extended to include American’s merger partner, US Airways. This means African customers connecting to the United States will now be able to choose from 70 direct flights a day.