British Airways (BA), yesterday said it would soon I acquire 72 new aircraft, to boost its flight operations in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.
BA Country Commercial Manager for West Africa, Kola Olayinka, told journalists at a news briefing that the new aircraft would be acquired before the end of this year.
He said the acquisition of the aircraft would enable the airline expand its existing route network in Africa.
Olayinka, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), added that with the aircraft, the airline would be able to open up new routes in the continent.
He said BA operates 85 flights a week to 14 African destinations which includes Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya.
He stated that the airline had ordered for 12 Airbus 380s, 24 Boeing 787s, six Boeing 777-300 ERs and 10 Airbus 320s aircraft.
The Country Commercial Manager for West Africa added that some of the aircraft had been delivered.
According to him, no fewer than 20 modern aircraft will also join the growing fleet of the airline by the end of 2014.
“These modern aircraft will gradually replace some of the older, less fuel-efficient aircraft in the BA fleet and allow the management to add new destinations and improve schedules. “In West Africa, we increased our services to Ghana to 10 a week, and in October 2014, flights to Ghana are scheduled to increase to 11 per week.
“We have increased capacity to Kenya by introducing Boeing 747-400s on the route.
“Using larger aircraft provides over 780 additional seats every week,” he said. Olayinka added that the new acquisition was good news for business travellers in the continent.