Kigali, 10th July 2016 – RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda appoints Bird Travels Pvt Ltd, the Airline Management Services arm of Bird Group as it’s new General Sales Agent for the Indian market.
As RwandAir is planning to commence operations to Mumbai, India in the last quarter of this year, it has selected the Bird Travel as its General Sales Agent for the Indian market.
John Mirenge, RwandAir’s Chief Executive Officer stated that, “ we have selected Bird
Travel to position our brand, create awareness of our products and sell our services in this important new market.”
The new GSA, Bird Travel will use its vast experience and will be the immediate liaison
for the airline’s sales development in India, including ticketing and direct support
services to the travel trade.
“Bird Travel is happy to be associated with RwandAir as their exclusive GSA in India.
RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent and has
aggressive plans to connect India and Africa through their hub in Kigali, Rwanda. We
look forward to a great working association with RwandAir and are optimistic of making
their online operations a success,” commented Praful Khosla, Executive Vice President, Bird Travel.
RwandAir will be operating four weekly flights to Mumbai with its brand new A330-300,
a state of the art triple class 274 wide-body seater equipped with full flat beds in business class and unmatched leg room in premium economy, with inflight entertainment and Wi-Fi as well as GSM connectivity across all three classes.
From Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir reaches out to seventeen cities in Western, Eastern, and Southern Africa and the Middle East. RwandAir operates one of the youngest fleet in Africa and is well reputed for excellent on time performance, safety, and customer services.
The airline is a certified IOSA operator and an IATA member airline; it is also
undergoing the certification process for the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations
(ISAGO) for which the completion is expected in the last quarter of this year.
As part of RwandAir’s expansion strategy, in the last quarter of this year, RwandAir will
add some six destinations in Africa and commence long haul operations to Mumbai and Guangzhou. This will be enabled by its acquisition of two wide-bodied A330 aircraft and two additional Boeing B737-800NG aircraft.
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About Bird Group
The Bird Group was founded in 1971 with the incorporation of Bird Travels. Bird
Travels, an aviation management company, is the founding company within the Group,
representing airlines and other travel and tourism partners majorly as GSA operations,
and Aviation Management arm for airlines.
With over 40 years of experience and more than 45 offices supported by over 6000 well trained staff and an impressive clientele of over 500 top corporates, Bird Group can claim to be one of the largest and most diversified entities within the industry in the Indian subcontinent. With businesses as diverse as pioneering back-office processing to being the representative for many of the world’s leading airlines; from managing the backbone of the technological framework for airline IT and distribution to managing crucial relationships of international service providers, Bird Group has ensured that a comprehensive portfolio of service offering has been created to add value to an extensive client base and add new potential customers. And in recent months, Bird Group has taken bold steps to increasing the value offering while broadening business horizons with new ventures. Today Bird Group’s core business includes Travel Technology, Aviation Services, Hospitality, Luxury Retail and Education.