Goldstar Air, a wholly owned Ghanaian company, has received an Air Carrier Certificate from the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to operate scheduled and non-scheduled flights to 11 destinations across the world, including Baltimore in the United States of America and Gatwick in the United Kingdom.
The company, which is waiting for its Air Operators Certificate to enable it to start full operations by the second quarter of next year, is also expected to fly to nine destinations, which are Guangzhou, Dubai, Monrovia, Lagos, Abijan, Freetown, Dakar, Conakry and Banjul. It will be using the Boeing 767-300 ER for its long haul routes while the Boeing 737-300 ER will be used on the West Coast.
The Chief Executive Officer of Goldstar Air, Mr Eric Bannerman, told the Daily Graphic in an interview shortly after receiving the certificate that “when we start flying, we will be the third airline in Ghana to fly directly to the United States of America after Delta and South African Airways and the second to fly directly to the UK after British Airways”.
"What is even more refreshing for our fellow Ghanaian businessmen and women who travel to China and Dubai is that we will be the first to fly directly from Accra to Guangzhou in China and the second to fly directly to Dubai," he added.
Mr Bannerman described the feat chalked up by the company as most refreshing and unique and even promised that the management would ensure that flights were on time.
The entry of Goldstar into the already competitive aviation market, particularly on the American and London routes, is expected to stir up the industry to bring more benefits to travellers in terms of services and fares.
Mr Bannerman said "after studying the market over the year, we have realised that Ghanaians travel heavy and therefore we have made adequate provisions to cater for their needs".
He said the company, in its quest to meet the flying needs of Ghanaians, will allow three bags of 23 kilos each on board per passenger unlike the industry’s allowance of only two bags.
"The three bags will be without the hand luggage and that, as I said, is being done to enable Ghanaians have the opportunity to travel heavy at no extra cost", he said.
Mr Bannerman said the cabin crew would be purely locals.
"We will not have any foreigner on board because we have many qualified cabin crew in Ghana and they will be used", he said "adding that they will also be trained to sell Ghana wherever their destinations are".
Mr Bannerman said while on board, Ghanaian dishes would be served and local movies would be shown as a way of showcasing the Ghanaian culture to the rest of the world.
Present to grace the occasion were Mr Paul Kontoh, Director, General Services, Mr Daniel Acquah, and Director, Safety, all from the GCAA. Others were Mr Charles Nettey, Airport Manager, Mr Theophilus Eze, Director of Communications, Goldstar Air and Mr George Lartey, Goldstar Representative in London.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended Goldstar Air, a privately owned Ghanaian airline, on how far it had reached in its efforts to operate air services.
"Let me take this opportunity on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to congratulate Goldstar Airline for how far the airline has come in its quest to operate air services to and from Ghana,” Aviation Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah, said at the inauguration of a new head office building of the airline, at Ashalley Botwe, Accra.
Mr Ellis Hugh-Tamakloe, Chief Planning Officer of the Ministry of Aviation, read the Aviation Minister’s speech. The airline last December acquired the Air Carrier License, and processes to acquire the Air Operators License (ACL) have gone very far.
It has also completed training for its cabin attendants, and intends to provide Ghanaian dishes on board with the intention of establishing a Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Centre to help maintain aircraft both in Ghana, the sub-region and beyond.
"I must say that this fits perfectly into our aviation development agenda and collaboration with the private sector".
"It therefore comes as no surprise that as part of its preparations, the airline has put up this structure we are all currently viewing and about to open to enable them conduct their operations professionally," Madam Dapaah said.
She indentified aviation as a “catalyst for the socio-economic development for many countries, and a sector that contributed immensely to employment generation and wealth creation.
"It is in the light of the above that H E… Akufo Addo sees the Aviation Sector as a key in the NPP Government's agenda for change and hence established a complete Ministry to focus on the strategic development of the sector," the Minister said.
She reiterated the policy of the Government of Ghana to develop Ghana as a hub for international and regional operations by working with private sector, adding that in the area of security and safety, "Government policy is to build capacity in the industry and also put in place all measures to ensure the sustenance of high safety and security standards."
Madam Dapaah assured operators in the aviation industry that the Government would support and encourage local airlines and entrepreneurs to set up strong private airlines that could fully utilise all of the nation's route rights, most of which were dormant thereby giving a form of operational monopoly for foreign carriers on those routes.
"The Government is also poised to establish a national airline with private sector participation to support our policy of making KIA an aviation hub in the region," Madam Dapaah assured.
The Aviation Minister urged the airline to speed up processes to see “aircraft in the skies” and take off existing best practices in the sector.
Mr Eric Bannerman, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Goldstar Air announced that the company would be operating scheduled and non-scheduled flights from Accra to 11 destinations, namely London, Dubai, Guangzhou, Lagos, Monrovia, Dakar, Banjul, Conakry, Freetown, Abidjan, Baltimore and Washington.
He said the airline had made adequate preparations for takeoff during 2017 summer and would rely mainly on Ghanaians, meaning that it would create about 5,000 direct and indirect jobs when the airline commences its operations fully.
Nii Amasa Asuku II, the Chief of Mamprobi and Head of Nii Tetteh Gbeshi Family in Accra, who chaired the inauguration, praised the location of the office, explaining it would allow the airline to monitor flights in the air.
Mr Bannerman, together with Madam Christiana Quartey, and other dignitaries joined hands in cutting the sod to inaugurate the building.
Ghanaian airliner Goldstar Air as part of efforts to indigenize its operations and rely on Ghanaians to man the aircrafts has successfully ended a two day cabin crew recruitment exercise in Accra.
Out of over four thousand Ghanaian professionals who applied for the jobs, two hundred applicants were shortlisted in the first Phase of the exercise and are yet to meet management on Thursaday October 6, at Airside hotel for further assessment. According to authorities, the names of the new recruits are being sent to the Ghana civil aviation authority for training and later moved to the company’s hub in the Caribbean to begin operations.
In a press release copied to GhanaWeb, the Chief Executive of Goldstar Air Eric Bannerman, said the focus of the company is to promote and protect the interest of Ghanaians, in view of this, Goldstar Air will roll out special services tailored to the needs of the aviation and tourism sectors.
He however added "the selected applicants will be the face of the airline, they will also be selling Ghanaian culture, interacting with passengers in the local languages and making announcements in the local languages. Some of the Ghanaian local languages which will be the first of its kind on a commercial flight will be Ewe, Fante, Ga, Akan and hausa".
"Other new things to be introduced by Goldstar Air is the local food, local drinks, Ghanaian movies and documentaries on Ghana's tourist sites in all our aircrafts flying in and out of Accra", he said.
This he said will showcase and promote the rich Ghanaian culture. He also mentioned that his company is working closely with some Hotels and Guest houses to have exclusive packages for organizations and institutions such as Churches, Student bodies in Europe, America and the Caribbean on visit to Ghana.
On his side, the Director of Communications at Goldstar Air Theophilus Eze, said when the airline gets off the ground it will rely on expatriates as the cockpit crew but will unfold a tailor-made course of study to be undertaken by some Ghanaians who would be sent abroad to train as pilots in order to have a handle on piloting the Boeing series which Goldstar Air will be using.
After the training, the company's pilots will do a period of apprenticeship with the expatriate colleagues to get hands on experience and knowledge in line with the Goldstar Air plans of replacing foreign pilots with Ghanaians.
The crew will be based at main hub which will be Accra and the three others which will be Europe, Caribbean and North America hubs.
Our European hub will be Stansted airport which will service flights going to Accra and the Caribbean, making some pick ups in some European cities before its destination in the Caribbean. Our hub in the Caribbean will service flights to Baltimore and Stansted. whiles the Accra hub services West Africa, Dubai and Guangzhou, Baltimore hub will as well service flights to Accra and the Caribbean.
This will see our Ghanaian cabin crew interchanging and working within cities in the West Africa, Caribbean, North America and Europe.
According to Theophilus Eze, some of the cabin crew recruits are former Ghanaian beauty pageant.
"Pageants who have been among the top four of their respective pageants, notably the Miss Tourism, Ghana’s Most Beautiful Pageant show and others. Our brand ambassador Akweley who is the head of the cabin crew represented the Greater Accra region during the Ghana's Most Beautiful Pageant show," he said.
The brand ambassador Akweley also noted that, as a lead representative of the airline, her role will be, to have an oversight of the Ghanaian cabin crew and also market the country to the array of passengers by throwing more lights on the rich cultural heritage of mother Ghana when the aircraft finally takes the ground.
Management of Goldstar Air, a wholly-owned Ghanaian airline yet to begin operations, is counting on the values of top quality, short turnaround time, highly competitive prices, and excellent customer service shared between the airline and its strategic partners to provide trend-setting services in the aviation industry."
The company, expected to ply international routes, projects to initially fly to twelve destinations worldwide from Accra, which includes London, Dubai, Guangzhou, Baltimore Washington International, Providence International, Lagos, Abidjan, Monrovia, Freetown, Banjul, Conakry and Dakar.
Goldstar Air recently signed an agreement for strategic partnership to use Ethiopian’s Maintenance Repair Organization MRO and hopes to leverage on Ethiopia’s 1,800 fully qualified technical staff and state of the art maintenance hangar and paint hangar facility certified by competent regulatory bodies like Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ETCAA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
"Our intention as Ghanaians is to build a state of the art and trend-setting aviation industry in terms of safety, quality, reliability, punctuality, efficiency and costs," the Goldstar Air CEO revealed.
He said the airline will be sending personnel of the company, who are retired young Airforce engineers and pilots for type rating in Ethiopia on Boeing aircrafts soon.
"The engineers will be back and work as assistants while the pilots will come as first officers, till they all gain more experience on the Boeing aircraft, which will make them captains on their own."
Mr Bannerman said preparations are far advanced for Goldstar Air aircrafts to be flown to the Ethiopian MRO for final servicing and paint works.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa and Goldstar Air, multiple award winner and wholly owned Ghanaian airline have signed an agreement for strategic partnership to use Ethiopian”s Maintenance Repair Organization (MRO).
The MRO of Ethiopian Airlines has over 1,800 fully qualified technical staff and state of the art maintenance hangar and paint hangar facility certified by competent regulatory bodies like Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ETCAA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Based at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Airlines MRO, established in 1957, provides services for aircrafts, engines and components has four main hangars used for airframe maintenance.
These are a closed-door hangar to accommodate one Boeing 767/787/777; and a closed-door hangar to accommodate two Boeing 767/787s or four Boeing 737 size airplanes at the same time.
The third hangar is an open door and can accommodate three Boeing 737 size airplanes and the fourth is an open door Hangar that accommodates two Q400s.
Also, Ethiopian Airlines has two warehouses for over 100,000 line items; the first is dedicated to aircraft parts whereas the second is used for commercial and bulk items which will be very beneficial to Goldstar Air.
Mr Eric Bannerman, the Executive Chairman of Goldstar Air said with any technical and engineering assistance anywhere in the world, they will immediately dispatch Ethiopian Airlines personnel to the place where the repair works will be carried out.
“Their values at the Maintenance Repair Organization focus on top quality, short turnaround time, highly competitive prices, and excellent customer service.”
According to Mr Eric Bannerman, the airline will be sending personnel of the company, who are retired young Airforce engineers and pilots for type rating in Ethiopia on Boeing aircrafts soon.
“The engineers will be back and work as assistants while the pilots will come as first officers, till they all gain more experience on the Boeing aircraft, which will make them captains on their own.”
Mr Bannerman said preparations are far advanced for Goldstar Air aircrafts to be flown to the Ethiopian MRO for final servicing and paint works.
Ethiopian will also livery Goldstar Air colours which will also reflect the wings of Ghana and the logo of the supporting bank on the aircrafts.
Goldstar Air will be initially flying to twelve destinations worldwide from Accra, which includes London, Dubai, Guangzhou, Baltimore Washington International, Providence International, Lagos, Abidjan, Monrovia, Freetown, Banjul, Conakry and Dakar.
“Our intention as Ghanaians is to build a state of the art and trend-setting aviation industry in terms of safety, quality, reliability, punctuality, efficiency and costs,” the Goldstar Air CEO said.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of Goldstar Airlines, Eric Bannerman, has appealed to the government to grant Ghanaian airline operators some privileges and waivers which will cushion them against their foreign competitors and give them a head start as they try to get a footing in the local aviation market.
Speaking at the commissioning of the airline’s head office at Ashaley Botwe, Accra, he expressed his appreciation to the authorities of Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport and Providence International Airport all in the USA for accepting to give Goldstar Air two years of free landing, parking, office space at the airport and taking care of our adverts,” Bannerman announced.
Continuing, the CEO said the offer of free landing parking and office space to Goldstar Air at some of these international airports it plans flying to, in the United States of America (USA), is very significant. In the absence of these incentives, he opined, the airline will have to struggle to catch up with the competitors.
Explaining further, he added that these fees are paid by all aircraft whether private, corporate or commercial that lands at any airport must pay a landing fee. The fees fall under the category of runway charges at the airport and also includes take-off fees in addition to those charged when a plane remains on the ground at an airport, usually for longer than a two-hour turnaround time. Landing fees are based on maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of a plane, which is based on the ratings specified by the aircraft manufacturer.
Specifically, Mr. Bannerman mentioned Mr Tony Storck, Director Air Service Department and Strategic Analysis of Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport and Mr Tim Pimental, Assistant Vice President Air Service Development of Providence International Airport all in the USA for this tremendous support and incentives Goldstar Air is receiving from the American authorities and therefore appealed to the Ghana government to grant same or twice the incentives Goldstar Air, the Ghanaian owned airline is receiving from the American authorities.
He said Goldstar was adequately prepared for a take-off during 2017 summer and its operations would create about five thousand direct and indirect jobs.
In a speech read on her behalf by a representative of the Aviation Ministry, sector Minister Cecilia Dapaah, said government was willing to support the new airline because of the critical role the aviation industry sector will play in revamping the country’s economy with respect to opening up its agriculture, trade and tourism for further growth and development .
Dapaah said government’s policy is to develop Ghana as an international hub for international and regional operations by working with the private sector to provide a modern and attractive air transport infrastructure.
Mr Samuel Allotey, the Director General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, says processes to finalise preparations for Goldstar Air, an emerging wholly Ghanaian airline and four others, would soon be completed for the airlines to take off.
Goldstar Air is originally scheduled to begin its flight operations by June 2017, but has been confronted with few paper work challenges, which caused a delay in its take off.
However, Mr Allotey, assured the travelling and the business communities that the airlines, which are undergoing various stages of processing will take off in 2018 to bring significant improvements in the aviation industry. Gehab Award Events organised the awards, at which it conferred on Goldstar Air, the Most Promising Airline Company of the Year. It was on the theme: “Awarding Loyalty through Service.
Mr Allotey said the arrival of the new airlines will bring competition and more options to travellers.
"So things will get better. There will be more competition in the coming months or by the end of 2019," he said.
"We will see a few more operators doing local, regional and intercontinental flights," he added.
Goldstar Air, Smile Air, DAC and Montrac Air are undergoing certification; and Asamoah Gyan’s Airline has already received an air carrier license.
Starbow and Africa World Airline are currently the only two airlines operating in Ghana, but a recent accident involving Starbow, which led to its suspension, leaves the local air travelling public to depend only on Africa World Airline, a situation that could lead to some short-term challenges.
The expected commencement of operations of the new carriers in a few months time would change the face of local, regional and intercontinental travel from Ghana.
Ms Felicia Cobblah, the Head of Human Resource, received the award on behalf of Goldstar Air, presented by Nana Osafo Kantanka Adjei, the Vice President for Business Development, Government Relations and Communications of TAQA Africa.
Madam Judith Worlali, the Managing Director of Gehab Events, said the award acknowledged, appreciated and brought together outstanding professionals and organisations whose behaviour was an inspiration to others.
She commended Goldstar Air for building a reputation amongst its contemporaries and its efforts at job creation among diverse professions. She said the decision to give the award to Goldstar Air was arrived at having carefully evaluated the business performance, which strived for the highest customer satisfaction.
The award scheme is a prestigious annual scheme, which cuts across the whole of Ghana with the aim of centralising the strength and relationship that exists between customers and organisations.
The quality service excellence awards targets the Transport, Banking, Manufacturing, Packing and Unpacking, Hospitality, Automotive and Security industries.
Goldstar Air impressive strides in corporate social responsibility, corporate vision, inspiration and pioneering innovations in Ghana are critical parts of the country’s transformation agenda toward economic growth.
Mr Eric Bannerman, the Executive Chairman of Goldstar Air, announced that the Airline would fly to 12 destinations worldwide namely; London, Dubai, Baltimore Washington, Guangzhou, Providence International Airport, Lagos, Abidjan, Monrovia, Freetown, Conakry, Banjul and Dakar.
"Our intention, as Ghanaians, is to build a state of the art and trend-setting aviation industry able to compete within the international market in terms of safety, quality, reliability, punctuality, efficiency and costs," he said.
Goldstar Air would improve the Ghanaian economy through the provision of affordable and available international travel and provide job opportunities, he said.
Goldstar Air, a wholly owned Ghanaian airline, has received an international award, presented in Accra by the Christian Philanthropist Forum, an international faith-based organization.
The award, presented at the Annual Lecture and Awards by the Christian Philanthropist Forum in Accra, was in recognition of the airline, which recently was honoured as “The Most Promising Airline Company of the Year” at the Quality Excellence Awards.
Mr. Eric Bannerman, the Executive Chairman of Goldstar Air received the prestigious award, presented by Mr. Oscar Ugoh of Corporate Guardian Africa.
Mr Bannerman thanked the Christian Philanthropist Forum and assured the nation that Goldstar Air would not rest on its oars, but strive for excellence with tailor-made services suited to the aviation and tourism industries.
Mr. Theophilus Edzie, the Communications Director of Goldstar Air, said the company was pursuing a strategic initiative to leverage its local and global exposure as well as presence for positive change in the aviation industry in the country and Africa as a whole.
The airline, he said, will be flying to twelve destinations worldwide, namely: London, Dubai, Baltimore Washington International, Guangzhou, Providence International Airport, Lagos, Abidjan, Monrovia, Freetown, Conakry, Banjul and Dakar.
“Our intention, as Ghanaians, is to build a state-of-the art and trend-setting aviation industry, able to compete within the international market in terms of safety, quality, reliability, punctuality, efficiency and costs.”
This, he believed, would improve the Ghanaian economy through the provision of affordable and available international business and also improve the lives of Ghanaians through the provision of affordable and available international travel.
Furthermore, it would provide Job opportunities and aviation related training to Ghanaians especially the youth.
Mr Edzie announced that the airline will be creating a minimum of 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ghana, which would include pilots, ground service Crew, service persons in maintenance, cabin crew, counter Agents and travel agents.
Others would be tour operators, country managers, station managers, accountants, flight dispatchers, drivers, marketing personnel, air marshals, cargo gents, movies producers and catering Services among others.
According to Bishop Peter Kayode Falarungbon, the Convener, the Forum is poised to identify more of such personalities and companies with the aim of encouraging them in order to leave a good legacy for future generations.
Six awards were presented to distinguished personalities and companies who are changing Lives and imparting communities positively at the Annual Lecture and Awards night, held on the theme: “Imparting Society Positively through Philanthropism”.
Others recognised at the ceremony were Madam Vanessa Addo, Managing Director, Vaniado Ghana; Madam Catherine Nelson, General Manager, Bajfreight & Logistics Tema; Mr. Bode Oseni, Managing Director of RegencyNem Insurance Ghana Limited; Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Alabi, Founder, Mission of Hope; and Madam Genet W. Michael, Country Manager, Ethiopian Airlines.
Accra, June 9, GNA - Goldstar Airlines, a private Ghanaian Airline has presented a sponsorship package to Mr Alexander Tetteh, the winner of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) 80th anniversary special “What Do You Know” radio quiz contest.
The package is made up of a visa, ticket and accommodation, from Accra to South Africa and back.
Mr. Eric Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer, assisted by Major Albert Don Chebe (rtd), Director General of the GBC, and Ms Anita Baidoo, Marketing Manager of the company in the United Kingdom (UK), presented the package to the winner at the end of the special contest, held at the GBC in Accra.
Mr. Bannerman appealed to companies to support such education activities to get more people to participate to promote the search for knowledge and education.
He commended Mr Tetteh on winning the contest, and urged the youth and those in school to continue to read and learn to acquire more knowledge.
Ms. Baidoo announced that Goldstar would sponsor the next edition of the quiz, to the United States and the first runner-up to the UK.
According to Ms Baidoo, the flight is planning to serve Ghanaian dishes, accompanied by Ghanaian music and announcements in the local languages.
She said the flight is scheduled to run Accra-Baltimore (Washington) - Accra, Accra-Gatwick (London) Accra, Accra Guangzhou (China) - Accra, and assured customers of timely arrival and departures.
Major Don Chebe, described the weekly “What Do You Know” programme as one which had stood the test of time. The Director General announced that the National Broadcaster is merging both radio and television.
Mr Tetteh, spoke about the need for one to read more to build knowledge.
Mr. Fred Danso Amoako came second, Mr Nurudeen Mohamed, a final year medical student the University of Cape Coast, took the third position with a cash prize and certificate.
Other contestants were Mr John Chapere, visually challenged, Mr Raymond Akpatsa, Daniel Kojo Aboagye, and veteran contestant Kafui Atsutse.
They were awarded cash prizes and certificates.
Accra, May 14, GNA - Goldstar Airline is to team up with Seasons Travel and Tours International to open a multimedia group to support persons with disability in Ghana. The multi-media group to be called Pidic Multimedia, has been registered with the Registrar General's Department and will start work soon after the Goldstar Airline begins operations in Ghana on June 13.
Mr Eric Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seasons Travel and Tours said the Pidic Multimedia, which would be based in Accra would comprise a television station, a radio station, newspaper and an online sports website. The CEO told Ghana News Agency, in an interview in Accra that the multimedia group would be manned mainly by the disabled, and the chunk of the content of the newspaper and the programmes in the broadcast media would focus on issues affecting the disabled.
He expressed regret that there is a deliberate attempt to sideline people with disabilities, and added that disability should not be seen as inability. Citing Dr Henry Seidu Daanaa, Minister of Chieftaincy of Affairs, as an inspiration, Mr Bannerman said the physically challenged could contribute more to the progress and development of the nation if offered the platform and assistance.
"We hope to help the disabled in society. The stations would be manned by the physically challenged. We have neglected them for far too long. We have to create space for them in the society," Mr Bannerman said. He said Pidic Multimedia would be used to propagate the issues of the disabled.
According to the CEO, issues of health, education, sports and other welfare issues would feature prominently in its programmes. Mr Bannerman, who is also the Founder and President of the National Disabled Supporters Union said Goldstar Airline is to collaborate with Seasons Travel and Tours to airlift more than 500 disabled supporters from Ghana to cheer up Ghanas national football team, the Black Stars, in next months World Cup tournament in Brazil.
He recalled that the Seasons Travel and Tours provided similar support to the disabled during the last African Cup of Nation Tournament in South Africa. "Persons with disabilities are always sidelined when it comes to mobilisation of supporters to international competitions, and I think it is discriminatory.
"We want to offer them the opportunity to be part of history this time. That is why we have decided to form the group to serve as a platform for mobilising supporters to the World Cup, he stated. He said when the Goldstar Airlines commences operations next month it would fly Accra -London- Accra two times weekly and Accra-Baltimore-Accra two times weekly.
The airline would also do Accra-Guangzhou-Accra once a week as its local partner Seasons Travel and Tours International offers free visas to all people traveling on the airline to Brazil. Mr Bannernman said the airline is also poised to take its share in the upcoming world cup in Brazil, and has positioned itself to make the most of the opportunities that the world cup would bring.
Goldstar Airline is to collaborate with Seasons Travel and Tours to airlift disabled supporters to cheer up Ghana’s national football team, the Black Stars, in next month’s World Cup tournament in Brazil.
According to Mr Eric Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer of Seasons Travel and Tours, the proposed 500 disabled persons would be airlifted free-of-charge to Brazil to watch the soccer fiesta.
Mr Bannerman, who is also the founder and president of the National Disabled Supporters Union (NDSU) told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the NDSU plans to select 50 persons with all forms of disability from each of the 10 regions to make the number to provide a massive support for the Black Stars during the World Cup, as well as other sporting events.
He regretted that there has been a deliberate attempt to sideline people with disabilities from participating in international events, hence the need to provide persons with disabilities the support to be present at such international tournaments.
Mr Bannerman recalled that the Seasons Travel and Tours provided similar support to the disabled during the last African Cup of Nation Tournament in South Africa.
Persons with disabilities are always sidelined when it comes to mobilization of supporters to international competitions, and I think it is discriminatory.
We want to offer them the opportunity to be part of history this time. That is why we have decided to form the group to serve as a platform for mobilizing supporters to the World Cup, he stated.
According to the President and CEO, Goldstar Airline with origins from the United States of America, is set to commence operations next June 13, flying Accra London Accra two times weekly and Accra-Baltimore-Accra two times weekly.
The airline would also do Accra-Guangzhou-Accra once a week as its local partner Seasons Travel and Tours International offers free visas to all people traveling on the airline to Brazil for the 2014 world cup journey.
Mr Bannernman said the airline is also poised to take its share in the upcoming world cup in Brazil, and has positioned itself to make the most of the opportunities that the world cup in Brazil will bring. He assured the traveling public that the airline is very safe and will ensure absolute security of all passengers.
Seasons Travel and Tours, operators of Goldstar Airlines, on Monday made a presentation of boxing material and cheque donations totaling 18,000 cedis to the Willpower Boxing Gym, at James Town in Accra. The donation is meant to rejuvenate juvenile boxing, which has been on the quiet for some time now.
Five thousand cedis of the donation would be used for recruitment of juvenile boxers; another 5,000 cedis for the roaming boxing gym, while the boxing gloves, headgear and mouthpieces cost 8,000 cedis.
Making the presentation, Mr Eric Bannerman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company said his outfit had to step in to check the waste and under utilization of boxing talents that abounded in the area.
He said the Seasons Travel and Tours was teaming up with the Willpower Gym to help stem the rise of young people who may have boxing talents but rather find themselves on the streets.
"We are teaming up with the Willpower Boxing Gym, and there would be boxing matches every week-end from next Sunday. The roaming gym will go to all the 10 regions with road shows as well."
Mr Bannerman, who is also the Founder and President of the Ghana Disabled Supporters Union, said Season Travel and Tours, had been engaged in a number of activities to get the disabled to support Ghanaian sports.
Mr Gabriel Nii Teiko Tagoe, a Development Planner of the Ga Mashi Development Agency, announced that part of the agenda of the Agency was to use boxing and its potentials to promote tourism in the area.
Mr Napoleon Tagoe, a boxing trainer at the Willpower Gym, stressed the need for the use of local content in the development of boxers.
Mr Tagoe, a former World Boxing Council (WBC) Inter-Continental Cruiserweight Champion advocated for boxers to take courses in boxing coaching as part of ways to make a living when they are out of the ring.
Ghana's history making fight talent hunt powered by Goldstar Airlines and partnered by your authoritative Allsports.com.gh belled off at Korle Gonno on its 4th leg Sunday night and once again it was a huge success despite the disruptions of a rainy night in Accra.
Ghanaian boxing bigwigs including renowned WBC judge/referee, Ataa Eddie Pappoe, American promoter and Goldstar Airlines partner, George Johnson and Mike Neequaye were among the dignitaries who defied the distractions of the rain to show up and inspire many young aspiring boxers, very talented between the ages of 12 and 16 to showcase their huge talents.
In the end, not less than twenty (20) youngsters keen on churning out a career in the fistic sport were identified and selected as potential world beaters on the roadmap which technical expertise is led by Will Power Gym boss, Napoleon Tagoe, himsellf a former boxing champion.
"I must confess that even myself I've been surprised by the talents of the young boxers we have seen since the beginning of this project at James town Roundabout about one month ago," admitted the former Africa and North America champion.
"We are certainly committed to helping thee young boxers become professionals to make Ghana proud. If they are willing to listen to instructions and advice, we will teach them the basics to becoming world champions. I know a lot of them can," Napoleon Tagoe told AllSports.com.gh .
The nationwide talent hunt has received the backing of the sport's biggest names in this country including Peter Zwennes, the President of Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and his executives board as well as boxing legend, Aziumah 'Zoom Zoom' Nelson who have have both taken time to show up at the Chorkor and Gbese legs respectively.
The talent hunt train has been earmarked to travel across all corners of Ghana looking for the country's next potential boxing stars, all powered by incoming indigenous airline, Goldstar Airlines who have shown social corporate responsibility by fashioning out this programme that presents unprecedented opportunity for talented boxers to realise thoer dreams more than ever before.
"We remain committed to the development of Ghana in all ways. The airline is for Ghanaians so the people of this nation will benefit most and that's just what we are showing with this juvenile boxing talent hunt. There is a lot more we have to offer this country when we begin work," said Eric Bannerman, CEO of Goldstar Airlines who represented full time on the rain at Korle Gonno.
Goldstar Air has donated yuletide drinks and a cake to sports beat, a popular sports discussion program, hosted by a journalist of mark, George Kenneth Lartey on Ghana Television.
The president of Goldstar airlines, Eric Bannerman told the cream of sports journalists and the crème de la crème in sports administration in the country that the gesture is to boost the morale of the team to enable them give off their best in the coming year.
He indicated that the presentation was Goldstar Airlines and its partners’ widow’s mite to boost the team in their quest to unroll the best cream of programs in the coming term or season. He also said the contribution has become a ritual that the company will render every Christmas.
Goldstar Airlines and its partners, Seasons Travel and Tours won renown or fame this year, annexing the Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards-Silver Award in the tourism category.
The company again covered itself with glory and luster, fending off challenge from other competitors in the industry to grab the coveted Travel and Tour Agency of the year during the Western Regional Tourism Awards, organized under the auspices of the Ghana Tourist Authority.
According to the public relations officer of the company, John Ashong-Mettle, the organization will look to its laurels to remain relevant in the tourism and aviation sectors and bag more awards next year.
To this end, Goldstar Airlines will churn-out tailor-made courses of study tailored to the needs of the Ghanaians next year” he stressed.
He asserted that as part of the company’s grand, vigoros and ambitious plan of action to ride on the crest of a wave, it will open up important new possibilities tailored to the needs of the citizenry, encouraging all and sundry to avail themselves of the full range of opportunities.
The festive celebration hosted the likes of Mr. Saka Acquaye,Deputy-General in charge of technical of the National Sports Authority, Atta Eddie Pappoe a World boxing Council ring official of note and respected in the boxing ranks, Gideon Quartey,president of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation and Theophilus Ezeh,president of the Ghana Swimming Federation, among others.
Goldstar Air, a private Ghanaian airline has donated a trophy to the Assemblies of God Church in the Greater Accra Region for its annual fun games competition.
The trophy was presented by Mr Charles Nettey, the Airport Manager of the company, on behalf of Mr Eric Bannerman, the Chief Executive Officer of Goldstar Air over the weekend in Accra.
Mr Charles Nettey said the presentation was the company’s "widow's mite", and that, Goldstar Air would push the threshold of its corporate social responsibility beyond just assisting the promotion, preparation and development of sports in Ghana.
According to Mr Nettey, the pride and joy of the airline is to roll out products to cater for the needs of the Ghanaian, hence Goldstar Air would be plying twelve destinations from Accra.
These routes are Baltimore, Washington, Dubai, Guangzhou, London, Lagos, Monrovia, Abidjan, Freetown, Dakar, Banjul and Conakry.
“It will spread its net wide to ensure that the Ghanaian products from the company are suited to the needs of the tourism and aviation sectors.” Mr Nettey said.
According to him, the airline is coming up with Ghanaian concepts and will create about 5,000 direct and indirect job opportunities.
“Also, passengers would be given allocations of three checked-in bags coupled with giving the travel agencies GHC 5,000 seed money to boost and augment their operations, when they are registered on our selling platform.”
Mr Samuel Mankrom, regional Sports Organizer of the Greater Accra Youth Ministry of the church, accompanied by Mr John Tawiah and Mr Isaac Danso Otchere, both representatives of the Youth Ministry, received the trophy on behalf of the Church and thanked the Chief Executive Officer of Goldstar Air for his benevolence and support towards the fun games.
Mr John Ashong-Mettle, the Director of Cargo Services of Goldstar Air, Mr Theophilus Wilson Edzie, Director of Communications, Mr Edmund Lamptey and Stephen Glah of Goldstar Air were also present at the presentation.
The action was non-stop and the competition top class as the 2nd annual Goldstar Air Salafest boxing extravaganza belled off to a huge success at the Opera Square in Accra on Saturday night.
A total of 6 amateur fights were preceded by an eight exhibition bouts by juvenile boxers, some as young as 8 years old before professional boxers, Daniel Adjei Sowah and Isaac Sowah, both of the Seconds Out gym rounded off the night an all-action exhibition.
Though he could not honour a promise to face Aziz Quartey in an exhibition fight, highly rated Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe was at ringside to offer support to the organizers and along with other undefeated world title chasing Ghanaian boxers, Richard Oblitey Commey and Duke Micah, was in the ring to acknowledge and speak to the fans.
Ghana’s Enoch Sackey and Prosper Anyeka held aloft the nation’s flag with resounding 3-0 unanimous decisions over Yussif Shaibu of Niger and Mohammed Ali of Cameroon in their Flyweight and Middleweight clashes respectively.
Joseph Tagoe however failed to match his compatriots after also suffering a 0-3 unanimous defeat to Mubarak Abubakar of Ivory Coast in their Welterweight clash.
In other fights, Richman Ashley of the Bronx gym proved too strong for Daniel Oduroof Attoh Quarshie in their Welterweight clash winning a unanimous decision 3-0, William Attoh of Akotoku gym also claimed a unanimous points victory over stable mate, Alfred Kotey at Bantamweight whilst Daniel Gosh of Bronx defeated John Laryea also of Bronx 3-0 in their Light Flyweight contest.
Sponsored by Ghana’s only indigenous airline, Goldstar Air with support from Freight Consult, Voltic mineral water, Ultimate Pam (Akanni Logistics), Electrical Dealers Association of Ghana (EDAG), Marofam Enterprise, Sahara Mining, Role Products & Wild, Salenko Beach Resort and Sally Deen Enterprise, the 2016 Salafest boxing show was organized by Pakis Promotion in collaboration with Junior Walaga Promotions and they have hailed the success of the event.
“Definitely it wasn’t easy putting this together but by the grace of God we started it last year thanks to the support of Goldstar Air,” said Fatai Issifu, CEO of Pakis Promotions who presented a certificate of appreciation to Goldstar Air and Freight Consult.
“They have supported us in a much bigger way this year and we are grateful to the other companies who also supported us. We promise to return next year with an even bigger show. Thanks everyone for coming,” he added.
Seasons Travel and Tours tourism award
It appears that there is no end in sight to Seasons Travel and Tours, a subsidiary of Goldstar Air charter’s hunt for success in the aviation and tourism sectors.
The company last Friday grabbed a silver award at the tourism category for its continued unwavering contributions to the sector.
Seasons Travel and Tours received the international award at the just ended 8th Ghana Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards held at the plush Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, in Accra.
The awards, put together by the Ministry of Trade and Industry was under the theme ”Promoting Ghana’s Economic Development”.
The award came in the wake of recent success stories Goldstar Airlines operators of seasons travel and tours international has vowed to go a notch higher, according to the energetic and inspiring chief executive, Eric Bannerman.
According to him this award underlined the hard work put in by the team of Goldstar Airlines. ”This recognition has come to spur us and the entire staff to work harder to reach the apex of success in the aviation and tourism sectors, Mr Bannerman said.
The awards ceremony had in attendance, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio Garbrah as guest of honour, Dr. Seth Adjei Baah, president of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and Commerce and Professor Sylvester Achio, rector of Accra Polytechnic as chairman for the occasion.
The traditional ruler of the La stool, Nii Dr. Kpobi Tettey-Tsuru and some leaders in busines.