Ghanaian pilot, Captain Solomon Quainoo who flew the biggest aeroplane in the world has been named as the 2019 Aviation Man of the Year in West Africa.
Captain Quainoo was given the honour at the 2019 Balofon Aviation Awards which was held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel on June 29, 2019.
Dubbed the Accra Weizo, the awards organised by Akwaaba Travel Market in collaboration with Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) recognises companies and individuals who have excelled and contributed immensely to the growth of aviation, travel, tourism and hotel business in the sub-region.
Captain Quainoo, a pilot with Emirates Airlines made news headlines in Ghana when he flew the world’s biggest plane at the time, the Airbus A380, to the Kotoka International Airport in Accra in October 2018. \
The flight was in commemoration of the opening of the newly built state-of-the-art Terminal 3 at the airport.
The Airbus A380, the biggest ever passenger airliner which can carry between 525 and 853 people depending on class configuration, was used to test facilities and infrastructure at the new terminal.
After his landing in Accra, Captain Quainoo became a national hero and had rounds of interviews and visits to motivate other young people.