RwandAir acquires new Boeing, to expand West Africa destinations

RwandAir yesterday received another Boeing 737-800 Next Generation that the national carrier says will grow its presence and competitiveness, especially in the skies of West Africa.
RwandAir's new Boeing 737-800 is welcomed by the fireman salute at Kigali International Airport yesterday. (All photos by Timothy Kisambira)
RwandAir's new Boeing 737-800 is welcomed by the fireman salute at Kigali International Airport yesterday. (All photos by Timothy Kisambira)

RwandAir yesterday received another Boeing 737-800 Next Generation that the national carrier says will grow its presence and competitiveness, especially in the skies of West Africa.

The brand new aircraft touched down at Kigali International Airport in the afternoon, less than 48 hours after it set off from Seattle in the US.

 
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RwandAir chief executive Col Chance Ndangano (C) poses for a group photo with staff following the arrival of the Boeing 737-800 (background). 

According to the airline’s officials, the latest aircraft is part of a lease agreement signed in December 2015 between RwandAir and Aircraft Lease Corporation, an American-based firm.

 

The first was delivered in November last year.

 

It is equipped with in-flight connectivity on a line-fit programme, including Wi-Fi giving passengers a real time experience and comfort.

This latest acquisition increases the national carrier’s fleet to 12 aircraft and reflects the airline’s commitment to help connect the continent and the entire world, according to Col Chance Ndagano, the chief executive of RwandAir.

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RwandAir’s newly acquired Boeing 737-800 touches down at Kigali International Airport on Sunday. 

“We are undergoing impressive growth and expect that the arrival of the new aircraft will further facilitate our expansion in West Africa and other markets around the world,” he said.

RwandAir will always strive to ensure safety and enhanced operational efficiency, Ndagano added.

“This aircraft is RwandAir’s fourth of its kind. It comes to enable new connections on the continent and beyond, as the airline continues to foster economic exchange between Rwanda and the rest of the world,” he said.

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Pilots pose for a picture on landing the plane at Kigali International Airport on Sunday. 

The aircraft is configured in a dual class cabin comfortably seating 16 passengers in business class and 138 in economy.

It delivers the superior reliability, fuel efficiency and high-value returns operators require in competitive market.

The aircraft’s exceptional versatility, lower maintenance and operating costs provide a competitive edge regardless of business model or market.

The new plane will enable service of new destinations in Africa such as Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali), and Dakar (Senegal), among others.

RwandAir is counting on the modern aircraft to improve its capacity in terms of seats and competitiveness around the globe.

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A view of the interior of the Boeing 737-800 Next Generation.

London destination

Meanwhile, RwandAir last week launched direct flights to Gatwick, London’s second-busiest airport.

The first European destination by the airline is being serviced by a new Airbus A330.

The airline flies to the English capital three times a week and before then, it started flying to Mumbai in India.

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A view of the interior of the Boeing 737-800 Next Generation, taken from a different angle.

Last year, the airline acquired its first A330-200 and A330-300 Airbus planes.

RwandAir carried more than 650,000 passengers last year and projects to transport over three million in the next five years.

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Inside the Boeing 737-800 Next Generation.

Earlier this year, RwandAir signed a deal with European firm, Wirecard Group, allowing passengers to book and pay for flights online.

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