Starbow is a privately owned airline headquartered in Accra, Ghana. It operates both domestic and regional flights out of its base at Kotoka International Airport, Accra. Currently, Starbow is the largest locally registered airline in Ghana.
The company was originally founded in 2007 as Aero Surveys Limited and later rebranded as Air Shuttle. It operated two (2) Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft for domestic air taxi services. In 2011, the ownership of the airline changed, which resulted in a further rebranding to a new commercial name, Starbow, with regional flights in mind. A communication and recruitment campaign was launched and pair of BAe 146 jet aircraft were acquired for scheduled domestic passenger services.
Starbow, started domestic flights out of Kotoka International Airport on 26 September 2011 serving Kumasi, Tamale and Takoradi.
Currently Starbow flies to four destinations – Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale locally and Cotonou in the Republic of Benin. Other cities in West Africa such as Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Niamey, Abuja, Lagos, Bamako, Dakar, Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia have been mentioned as possible future Starbow destinations.
Starbow also operates charter services from its Accra base to other cities in the sub-region.
Starbow commenced its regional operations on 15 August 2012 with its maiden flight to Cotonou, Benin. Other West African cities such as Abidjan and Monrovia are scheduled to be served before the end of 2012.
Starbow serves its customers through offices in Accra, Kotoka International Airport, Kumasi Airport, Takoradi Airport, Tamale Airport and Cotonou.
As of August 2012, the Starbow fleet consists of three (3) BAe 146-300. Each aircraft has 94 seats, of which 8 are in business class. The seating configuration is 4 and 6 abreast in Business class and Economy, respectively.