Ghanaian pilot to land biggest plane at new KIA Terminal 3

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Ghanaian born pilot, Captain Solomon Quainoo will make history tomorrow, October 2, when he lands Emirates superjumbo jet, Airbus A380, at the new Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport, Accra.

The recently built state-of-the-art Terminal 3 at has won Ghana praise among aviation industry experts and the general travelling public from all over the world.

To commemorate its inauguration Emirates, has scheduled a one-off flight of its much famous Airbus A380 flight to Accra. And the main pilot in the cockpit commandeering the huge aircraft will be Captain Solomon Quainoo

Captain Solomon Quainoo will make history as the first Ghanaian pilot to commandeer the huge Airbus A380
(Picture Credit: Scofray Yeboah)

Captain Quainoo is an airline pilot and captain with over 10,000 flying hours and has worked for respected international airlines.

A holder of a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics and Geology from the University of Ghana, Quainoo proceeded to Kingston University in London for a Master of Engineering degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

He got a job with British Airways as a Material Agent/Design Engineer from where he enrolled at the Oxford Aviation Training for his pilot qualification course which he completed in 2003.

The $250m Terminal 3 is expected to handle over 5 million passengers yearly

After obtaining his licence, he got his first pilot role with British Midland International before joining British Airways (IAG) where he flew the Boeing 737 and 300 400 and 500 series, among others in his six-year stay.

He has spent the last seven years with Emirates serving as a first officer for his first five years before being promoted to captain.

The Airbus A380, the biggest ever passenger airliner which can carry between 525 and 853 people depending on class configuration, is expected to test facilities and infrastructure at the new terminal.

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