After the Monica Lewinsky scandal, President Clinton started playing small ball on many popular issues that more often were handled by deputy assistant secretaries rather than a President. It was unique for a U.S. President to talk about school uniforms.
Of course now the US President renegotiates aircraft purchase agreements.
And a decade ago the Governor of American Samoa wanted to eliminate Hawaiian Airlines service to the territory because the carrier didn’t offer DigE Players on their Honolulu – Pago Pago service.
So perhaps it’s not at all strange for the President of Ghana to be complaining to British Airways about specific elements of their service.
- That they’re flying old 747s to Accra
- The use of London Heathrow terminal 3 for these flights instead of terminal 5
- “the general quality of services” offered by British Airways
British Airways Boeing 747
Here’s what Ghana’s President told British Airways’ head of sales for the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia when the BA sales officer came to congratulate him on his election:
people complain about the movement (of flights to and from Accra) from Terminal five to Terminal three at Heathrow. Terminal three is not so convenient place as Terminal five. There are also complaints about the quality of the planes on the route and the service. In some quarters, there is a feeling that you are taking us a little for granted in the way in which we are receiving your services, …
I think on an occasion like this, for when friends are speaking, I think we should speak frankly. I think I am the proper person to let you know what the pre-occupations of our people are. These are matters that will be easy for you to rectify
Of course One Mile at a Time think leaving from Terminal 3 may be better thanks to the new Cathay Pacific lounge given how overrated even the British Airways Concorde Room is.
And things could certainly be worse, just a few years ago there were flights that involved two buses and a train just to make an inline British Airways to British Airways connection at Heathrow (arriving at a terminal 1 bus gate, busing to terminal 5, and then departing a terminal 5 remote gate).
BA’s 747s do have their weakest first class product, with too many seats squeezed into the nose. But I don’t think their business product is worse than on the Boeing 777. I suspect Ghana’s President doesn’t fly British Airways World Traveller class in any case.