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Formed in 2007 and started operations in 2011. Domestic, regional & international scheduled jet airplane, passenger & cargo services.
832 First Street
Osu, Accra, Ghana
April 2007: The company was originally founded in 2007 as Aero Surveys Limited and later re-branded as Air Shuttle. It operated two (2) Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft for domestic air taxi services.
June 2011: In 2011, the ownership of the airline changed, which resulted in a further re-branding to a new commercial name, Starbow (IKM), with regional flights in mind. A communication and recruitment campaign was launched and 2 94 seat B Ae 146-300 jet aircraft were acquired for scheduled domestic passenger services.
September 2011: Starbow (IKM), began domestic flights out of Kotoka International Airport on September 26, 2011, serving Kumasi and Tamale. The aircraft entered service configured to offer both business (C) and economy (Y) class seating.
November 2011: Starbow (IKM) added its 3rd destination on November 8, 2011, with return flights to Takoradi from its Accra base.
February 2012: After just 5 months in operation, Starbow (IKM) announced that they had finalized a deal to lease +2 additional B Ae 146-300 aircraft that would double their fleet to 4 aircraft after they had finalized a deal to lease two further BAe146-300 aircraft. The aircraft entered into service less than <6 months later.
July 2012: Starbow (IKN)'s first international destination announced on July 31st 2012 resulted in 5x-weekly flights starting August 13 2012 from Accra to Cotonou in Benin.
November 2012: The second international flight to Abidjan, Ivory Coast was 5x-weekly from Accra.
December 2012: Starbow (IKN) acquired its B AE 146-200 (E2059, SG-SBD) airplane.
June 2015: Starbow (IKM) operates scheduled passenger services on domestic routes centered in Accra and Kumasi, linking them to Takoradi and Tamale. Also operates West African services to Cotonou (Benin) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast). Later added Monrovia (Liberia) and Ougadougou (Burkina Faso) to the network.
(IATA) Code: S9. (ICAO) Code: IKM - (Callsign - EASY SHUTTLE).
Company Slogan: It's all about you.
Main Base: Kotaka International Airport, Accra.
Kumasi; Takoradi; and Tamale Airports.
Spriggs Payne Airport, Monrovia (capital of Liberia).
July 2015: Starbow (IKM) has commenced its much-anticipated Accra - Suyani flights to serve passengers from the Brong Ahafo Region. (IKM)
becomes the only indigenous airline to operate flights to the mid north city Sunyani of Ghana, as Antrak Air (ABV), which was operating to the town has stopped its flights. Starbow (IKM) will be flying to Suyani 4x-weekly, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights will leave Accra at 12:15 pm and will depart Sunyani at 1:45 pm as its flight schedule through all the four days.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Starbow (IKM), James Eric Antwi has told "Citi Business News" that measures have been put in place to sustain flights to Sunyani and even increase it to daily flights if the passengers’ ratio increases.
According to the (CEO), Starbow (IKM) would soon begin its flights to some seven West African countries in the sub Region, namely Liberia, Sirrea Leone, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and Burkina Faso.
The growth in air traffic between Accra and Sunyani has kept up with the growth in economic activities in the Brong Ahafo Regional capital.
This coupled with the already large presence of some mining, quarrying, lumber companies, and the huge presence some agro processing factories operating in the region, has made it one of the busiest commercial centers.
(Source: Norvan Acquah-Hayford/citifmonline.com/Ghana) - See more at: http://citifmonline.com/2015/07/12/starbow-airline-begins-flights-to-sunyani/#sthash.6N4L1CvA.dpuf.
August 2015: Starbow Airlines ((IATA) Code: S9, based at Accra) (IKM) reacted angrily to a Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) directive compelling all operators to use either Aviance Cargo or Menzies Aviation for all their ground-handling requirements.
(IKM) currently conducts its own in-house ramp operations leading to claims the switch would affect tens of local jobs, while driving up the cost of operations in an already competitive market.
The (GACL) has justified the move, saying that the use of certified ramp agents would dramatically improve the safety standing of the country's airports (Accra Kotoka International Airport in particular).
The Airports Council International (ACI) intends to carry out a safety audit on Accra's airport later next month. The outcome will directly affect not only the airport's international safety rating, but that of Ghana as a whole.
January 2016: ATR 72-212A (498, EC-MIY), ex-(F-GZVR), SwiftAir (SWF) wet-leased.