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RwandAir’s Brand New Bombardier Q-400 NextGen To Be Delivered February 2014.

Airline ready to receive brand new Q-400 NextGen to add to its growing fleet.

RwandAir has confirmed that the Q-400 NextGen aircraft due for delivery end of February 2014 is on schedule and preparations for its arrival are well underway. The aircraft manufacturer is Bombardier Aerospace, a Canadian company with headquarters in Mirabel Quebec. RwandAir will become the 12th operator of the Q-400 NextGen aircraft in Africa. The growing excitement of the general public proves that the demand for domestic and regional travel in Africa continues to accelerate, and this brand new 67-seat, dual-class Q-400 NextGen aircraft will ensure RwandAir is well positioned to offer increased capacity on existing popular routes and new, upcoming ones.

The cabin configuration and design of this brand new Q-400 NextGen is similar to the CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft already amongst WB fleet. This new acquisition therefore comes to complement, on domestic routes, what the CRJ-900 NextGen achieves on regional destinations. The Bombardier Q-400 NextGen can operate on Brazzaville, Libreville, Entebbe, Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa and Kamembe the only domestic route. Other possible or upcoming routes include Addis Ababa and Lusaka to name but a few.

In his remarks, the CEO of RwandAir, John Mirenge, stated that "beginning the year 2014 with the arrival of our Bombardier Q-400 NEXTGEN puts us in the position to surpass the impressive targets we set for ourselves with ease as the introduction of the increased number of seats as well as the business class option meets the demands of our domestic market. It also allows RwandAir to embrace its long term expansion goal while staying on target to grow our fleet to seventeen by the year 2020"

The new aircraft will be delivered just in time for the unveiling of Douala, Cameroon as RwandAir’s 16th destination. For more information contact the Communications Officer, Anna Fye on +250784873299 or email anna.fye@rwandair.com.

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