RwandAir is the first African carrier to take delivery of the Boeing 737 with Sky Interior.
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RwandAir selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation to make each flight a rich and relaxing one, with full AVOD and productivity apps like the SkyDream office, which will give business passengers an excuse to forget their laptops for a while... and more!
The Seats, Galleys & Trolleys
RwandAir took meticulous care of every little detail for the new aircrafts, and that includes the seats. TIMCO Brice Seating was therefore chosen to provide the best comfort onboard. It feels like seating on a cloud! Driessen will be equiping the cabin with galleys and trolleys made of extremely light material, yet strong and durable.
The Avionics System
For all the navigational equipment, the cable wiring system, and all avionics instruments, Honeywell, a world leader in the domain, was selected to provide both aircraft with the best instruments there is.
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RwandAir Successfully Reviews the Boeing 737-800NG Sky Interior
The RwandAir delivery team successfully tests the new aircraft prior to its handover.
Seattle, WA August 22, 2011. The RwandAir delivery team, made of 3 pilots, 4 technicians/engineers, 2 quality and security engineers/technicians, 5 cabin crew, 3 RCAA (Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority) officers, 1 media and marketing agent, completed an intensive 10 days of review meetings and customer walk and testing for the new aircraft. From an early perspective, this has been a highly successful set of tasks. In three days when the aircraft is officially handed over to RwandAir, we will be ready to take the ferry flight back to Kigali.
The new Boeing 737-800 is a new generation in that it brings some increased power, reduced fuel consumption and improved cabin experience. Flying has always been a dream to the traveler, RwandAir and Boeing both understand that we must strive to always reconnect the traveler to the beauty of flight. The new Boeing 737-800 is bringing back that beauty of flight. The aircraft is expected to arrive in Kigali on Saturday August 28, 2011 late in the afternoon. We have the privilege to have, onboard with us, the Rwanda Minister of Infrastructure, our own CEO, Boeing officials and a couple of media journalists from around the world to be with us in Kigali for the big party. We will have a couple of stops during our fly-back: Keflavik in Iceland and Istanbul in Turkey. The fly-back will take about 3 days! Check out the photos for the review and testing.
For Rwanda in general, and RwandAir in particular, this is an unforgettable moment in history. We are very proud to be the first African carrier to reconnect the passenger to the magic of flight.
Assembly work Starts on RwandAir’s new Boeing 737- 800
Boeing confirms shipping of the aircraft fuselage into factory for the assembly process.
Seattle, WA July 7, 2011. RwandAir and Boeing Commercial Airplanes have today confirmed the beginning of assembly work on the first Boeing 737 – 800 due for delivery on August 25, 2011. A joint press statement issued by the airline and the manufacturer details that the main fuselage arrived today at the Boeing factory in Seattle from Kansas City USA.
The assembly work, which takes approximately eleven days, involves major processes like the joining of wings to the main hull before other major installations like engines and landing gear. RwandAir CEO John Mirenge said, “The whole purchase process and the after work involving supplier sourcing for various parts, getting our operations into a state of preparedness have been going on flawlessly. I can confirm that the aircraft will be handed over to us on 25 August 2011. We have been doing a lot towards ensuring we are adequately prepared; for instance nine Rwandans have just concluded their maintenance training in the USA, pilots familiarization on the Boeing 737 – 800 is on-going and we expect to send our cabin crew for training on the same aircraft shortly.”
“For us, RwandAir is a very important customer; they become the first airline in Africa to order and receive the Boeing 737–800 with the Sky Interior Concept,” said Mehrdad Khademi, Account Manager, Customer Engineering at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “A lot of detail goes into this process and we expect to roll out of assembly in 11 days thereafter we proceed to ground tests and flights tests.”
Wings & Tail Joined.
Back Wings Joined.
DAY 8: Engines are put in place
Fixing the engines to the main body is one of the last phases of assembly, and one of the most important in the process. General Electric aircraft engines are considered among the best in the world.
DAY 10: Interior Design.
The engineers and technicians at Boeing have achieved a great deal in the assembly of the 737-800. Now the interior is being decorated.
D-DAY MINUS 4: Customer Test Flight.
The RwandAir pilots and engineers successfully tested the aircraft.