It was Ethiopian Airlines which airlifted all the Ghanaian supporters to Brazil to rally behind the Black Stars. Players and officials of the Black Stars were stranded in their camping base in Maceio City after their painful first round elimination from the ongoing Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Players and officials of the Ghanaian team were expected to leave Maceio last Saturday for Ghana but failed to do so due to flight difficulties. Ethiopian is the only African carrier that flies to South America. Ethiopian operates daily flight from its hub in Addis Ababa to Sao Paolo and Rio via Lome, Togo.
According to a Ghanaian media report the team faced transportation problem after an arrangement with American airline fell through. Consequently, desperate officials of Ghana Football Association sought the intervention of Ethiopian Airlines. The Ghanaian officials successfully negotiated on a chartered flight from Maceio to Accra Ghana. Accordingly, Ethiopian sent one of its Dreamliners to Brazil and repatriated the Ghanaian football team and supporters to Accra.
The Stars who had disagreement with the Ghana Football Association were eliminated from the World Cup without a win in their third straight World Cup after drawing 2-2 with Germany and losing to both the US and Portugal by a 2-1 margin in Group G.
Ethiopian received its eight new Dreamliner aircraft this week. The airline will take delivery of two more Dreamliners this year. Ethiopian is the third airline in the world next to All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines to acquire the first Dreamliner aircraft in August 2012.
Ghana lost two of its national flag carriers in 2005 after Ghana Airways and Ghana International Airlines were liquidated.