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Old September 16th, 2011, 05:18 AM   #1
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RwandAir Overview


We began operations on 1st December 2002 as the new national carrier under the name Rwandair Express (passenger Air transportation as the core activity) for Rwanda with a concession to carry out airport ground handling (ancillary activity) at Kigali International airport, Kanombe. In March 2009, we registered a new trademark “RwandAir” which is our current operating name.

Operating from Kigali as our hub, the airline boasts of a young fleet of two Boeing 737-500, two CRJ200 and a Dash8-200 and has chosen to provide a memorable travel experience to every single passenger on our routes. Later this year we will take delivery of two Boeing 737-800 from Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

We serve most East African Community capital cities with daily flights and fly to Johannesburg and Dubai three times a week. Recently, we introduced flights to Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo. Our current destinations include Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Johannesburg, Brazzaville and Dubai. We have code share agreements with SN Brussels on the Kigali-Brussels Sector and Ethiopian Airlines on the Kigali-Addis Ababa Sector.

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RwandAir’s new Boeing 737-800 Lands in Kigali Amidst Warm Reception
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RwandAir today received its first Boeing 737-800NG with the new Boeing Sky Interior at Kigali International Airport amidst a warm reception from guests and visitors who have been monitoring its journey since it left Seattle-USA two days ago. RwandAir becomes the first African carrier to own and operate Boeing’s innovative interior.

For the first time in its brief history, RwandAir has bought – directly from the manufacturer aircraft to add to its fleet. Prior to the delivery of this Boeing 737 – 800, our fleet has been drawn from a combination of wet leases, dry leases and purchase of second hand aircraft.” said John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir. “Today’s achievement for us is a very significant one because RwandAir has been deeply involved in the process of putting together this aircraft from the drawing board to completion. We have not just brought home an aircraft, but a state of the art equipment that bears our touch from the first bolt to the last finishing touch. Every aspect of its engineering, comfort, efficiency and design has had our input”.

Speaking at a well-attended function held at Kigali International Airport, Hon. Albert Nsengiyumva, the Minister for Infrastructure, Government of Rwanda said, ‘’ For us, a well-developed air transport system is directly linked to attracting both foreign and domestic investment in Rwanda. In the long run, even the cost of doing business is greatly reduced with an efficient and reliable transport system.” He further added that RwandAir’s turnaround and growth could not have come at a better time than now when the entire continent is making mega-investments in infrastructural developments.

The Boeing Sky Interior introduces new cove lighting and curving architecture that create a distinctive entryway. Passengers will enjoy a more open cabin and a soft blue-sky overhead simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The new interior also brings new, modern, sculpted sidewalls and window reveals to draw passengers’ eyes to the view outside the window.

Operating from Kigali as its hub, RwandAir’s fleet includes two Boeing 737-500, two CRJ200 and a Dash8-200. With its new Next-Generation 737-800s, RwandAir will provide a memorable travel experience to its valued customers. The second Boeing 737 -800 is expected this October 2011.
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Delivery of RwandAir's first 737

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Now the interior of the 737....

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RwandAir orders new planes, joins scramble for African skies
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RwandAir is planning to increase its fleet and form new partnerships with global airlines to prosper in the competitive African airspace.

The national airline is expected to receive its second Boeing 737-800 next month, expanding its fleet to seven aircraft, and increasing the frequency of flights mainly to Dubai and South Africa.


“The business is becoming terribly competitive; there is a lot of capacity being built if you look at the number of planes being ordered. Everybody is upgrading, buying more planes; this has made alliances inevitable,” John Mirenge, CEO RwandAir told The East African.

Regional airlines including Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, EgyptAir and South African Airways (SAA) have over the past few months been seeking to increase their share of Africa’s increasingly busy airspace.

Kenya Airways, for example, recently announced a strategy to spread its wings throughout Africa, with a new fleet of Brazilian Embraer jets. Kenya Airways — 23 per cent owned by the Kenyan government — has ordered 10 E-190 jets from Embraer, making it one of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s top 10 customers in the world and the biggest in Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines is said to have ordered more than 20 new Boeing and Airbus airliners. RwandAir recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkish Airlines that will see the two airlines collaborate closely on schedule synchronisation, code sharing, technical support and training.

Our strategy is to align ourselves with big networks. In this industry you rarely survive alone because you cannot fly to every spot but with alliances and partnerships — you are able to get your passengers into every part of the world seamlessly,” Mr Mirenge.

RwandAir is expected to break even by 2015 as government continues to revamp its operations including buying new equipment, hiring new staff and installing new systems.

The airline analysts will provide the required linkage as a resident airline to the country’s planned new Bugesera airport.


“RwandAir is growing as a regional airline and they have some key routes already. Africa should be the growth focus as the niche is there and the market, despite the existence of strong regional airlines is not saturated. We hope they will come to the stock exchange as they expand their fleet like Kenya Airways has done,” Kenneth Kitariko, the director African Alliance said.

The airline signed a tail-end loan agreement with the Eastern and South African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank), worth $60 million for the purchase of the two Boeings payable in 10 years.

The airline plans to increase its fleet to 12 aircraft in the next five years as it seeks to grow its market share across the region.


The airline plans to phase out the use of its 50-seater single cabin CRJ-200 as it grows its fleet with negotiations with Europe’s Airbus and Embraer, the Brazilian aerospace conglomerate, for future acquisition of aircraft.

The airline will increase flight destinations across Africa specifically in West Africa, after launching new routes to Central Africa particularly to Gabon (Libreville) and Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).

“Once we get the second (Boeing) in October then we shall commenc our flights to West Africa. In the course of next year, we will start looking at some destinations in Southern Europe,” Mr Mirenge said.
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Old September 16th, 2011, 02:08 PM   #6
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Rwandair earlier this month introduced its brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft on its 3 weekly Kigali – Mombasa – Dubai and selected Kigali – Johannesburg service
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RwandAir increases flights to Nairobi to cash in on growing demand
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RwandAir plans to increase the frequency of flights to Nairobi from the current three times a day to five to tap into the growing passenger traffic between Nairobi and Kigali.

The airline also plans to diversify routes to West Africa and Asia, as well as grow its fleet from seven to 18 airplanes over the next ten years. Currently RwandAir flies to all East African countries, and its only long haul flights are Johannesburg and Dubai.

Michael Otieno, RwandAir manager of marketing and corporate communications said increasing frequencies to Nairobi has been occasioned by rising demand from local businesses and tourists, as well as foreigners using Kenya as a connection hub to Kigali.

"Nairobi is significant for Rwanda because it is a transit point for many people going to Kigali, and we are treating it as such until when we have more direct flights to Kigali," he said.

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"There has also been growth in the number of local people from Kigali and Nairobi that are looking for business opportunities in the two countries."

Otieno was speaking in Nairobi Saturday when RwandAir’s latest addition to its fleet — a Boeing 737 800 — made its inaugural flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The plane, delivered to the airline in August, has a passenger capacity of 154, and will mostly be used on medium to long haul flights. A second Boeing 737 800 will be delivered in October.

The airline also revealed that it has ordered two Dreamliners that are scheduled for delivery by 2015.
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B737-800 delivery...
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Rwandair Expands International Service from late-Nov 2011
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As per 07OCT11 Amadeus timetable display, Rwandair from 21NOV11 is expanding its operation, with service increase to Dubai, Brazzaville and Libreville route.

Details as follows:

Kigali – Brazzaville – Libreville
*Overall service increases from 3 to 5 weekly for Brazzaville. The new flights, operated by Boeing 737, will raise nonstop service (on Kigali – Brazzaville sector) from 1 to 3 weekly
*Overall service increases from 1-2 weekly to 3-4 weekly for Libreville

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Kigali – Dubai Overall service increases from 3 to 4 weekly, but the new flight operates on NONSTOP basis
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What a great video!!!! and such a fantastic welcome for the new aircraft "Also i love the livery"
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PTA Bank Agrees to Lend Rwandair $60 Million for New Plane
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The Eastern and Southern Trade Development Bank, a Burundi-based lender known as PTA Bank, agreed to lend RwandAir, Rwanda’s national carrier, $60 million to buy a new plane from The Boeing Co., according to James Kabuga, a director of the bank.
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Lagos - Nigeria becomes 13th Destination for RwandAir
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RwandAir the national carrier of Rwanda has launched direct flights from her operating hub in Kigali to Lagos the commercial hub of Nigeria and West Africa. Lagos becomes the 13th destination to join the airlines rapidly growing network and the fourth new destination this year after domestic Gisenyi, Brazzaville – Congo and Libreville - Gabon. The three weekly flights will depart from Kigali at 0830HRS (Local Time) and arrive in Lagos at 1140HRS (Local Time). The return flights depart from Lagos at 1330HRS (Local Time) to reach Kigali at 1840HRS (Local Time).

In a statement to the press RwandAir CEO John Mirenge confirmed the airlines commitment and plans to continue exploring the westward network expansion drive. “At the beginning of the year, we made a commitment to expand our network with a focus on Central and West Africa. Lagos for us is an exciting addition to our network and we know the destination will have very positive contributions to the already existing network. We are pleased to make this our first West African destination,” he said. Mr Mirenge further added that the Nigerian Aviation Authorities had been very cooperative and responsive to the RwandAir request to fly to Lagos. “From the time we declared our intentions to fly to Lagos, the Nigerian government and aviation authorities have been very swift and quick in welcoming us”, he added.

Lagos remains the most populous city in Nigeria, the largest country in Africa. The metropolitan area, an estimated 300 square kilometers, is a group of islands endowed with creeks and a lagoon. It is the commercial and industrial hub of Nigeria, with a GNP triple that of any other West African country.
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Edduex got any info if rwandair is going to launch Khartoum flight's

Rwandair B737 from Kigali

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That pic was. INKRT
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RwandAir orders two CRJ-900s (deliveries oct 2012) with two in options.
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Rwandair took delivery of its 2 brand new CRJ900 in October 2012.
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