Ghanaian start-up carrier Africa World Airlines (AWA) has launched operations on 21 September.
The airline is a joint venture co-financed by China's HNA Group, China-Africa Development Fund, Ghana's Social Security and the National Insurance Trust, and Strategic African Securities. HNA is also the parent company of Hainan Airlines.
HNA is understood to be a controlling stakeholder in AWA but it is unclear how much each party has invested in the carrier.
AWA was incorporated in November 2010 and received its air carrier licence from Ghana's civil aviation authority in March 2011.
The carrier is based at Kotoka International Airport in Accra and has two Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft in its fleet.
AWA will first operate domestic services from Accra to Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale, before increasing its fleet size and opening up services to Abidjan, Abuja, Lagos and other major cities in west Africa.
HNA's Zhang Jiuhua has been appointed as chairman and chief executive of the airline. It is understood that several other top management personnel in AWA will also be seconded from HNA.
AWA is the first aviation investment made by a Chinese group in Africa.