Welcome back to my West African Series
As this year is the 'Year of Return', Ghana is welcoming all persons of African descent back to the shores of the nation. It is a year long event marking 400 years since the first slave ship left Africa for the Americas. Ghana has been on my list for ages and I could not have chosen a better time to go.
As I booked my flights to Ghana, coincidentally Emirates sent me an email saying my miles would be expiring June 30, 2019. I decided to do some research and realized the best way to not let these miles go to waste was to book an intra-african route between Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Cote d'ivore. The entire Emirates route is : DXB-ACC-ABJ-ACC-DXB using a Boeing 777-300ER. The ACC-ABJ route is also operated by Air Cote d'Ivore, South African, EgyptAir and Middle East Airlines.
One way a redeemable flight was 8,750 miles which was pretty good. I quickly grabbed a seat! Below is a statement from my account.
Arriving at the airport about 2 hours prior to departure, the terminal was not too busy. There were only regional flights operating at this time.
The terminal and duty shop area.
A Senegal A319 taxiing to DSS.
Aircraft : Boeing 777-31HER
Age: 3.0 Years
Our aircraft waited for us to board as we were the last ones.
Contrasting to my last report, this cabin was luckily the newly upgraded one. The televisions were huge and the digital handheld was a great touch.
Push back and Taxi.
Another feature I enjoy while flying would be the nose and belly cameras.
The load between ABJ and ACC was pretty light as most passengers board in ACC to DXB.
Line up RWY 21.
Upwind with western Abidjan in the distance.
The Ivorian coastline.
The crew swiftly came around 10 minutes after takeoff to distribute the snack box. A cake, sandwich and water.
There was a lot of cloud cover as we neared Accra.
During cruise I took a stroll down the cabin and grabbed some pictures from seat 49A.
Descent came about 10 minutes prior to arrival.
Approach over the Greater Accra Region.
SN to Lome seen as we arrived at ACC.
Our EK chariot as she prepares for her 8hr journey to Dubai.
Departing the airport with the old terminal in the foreground.
A great flight within West Africa in Emirates' new economy cabin.