On 30th November 2016, RwandAir the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda took delivery of its second Airbus A330 (300 series) at the Airbus delivery centre, Toulouse France.
The ferry flight of “Umurage” the brand new A330-300 is expected to depart on 1st December 2016 in the morning hours from Toulouse and arrive the same day at 16hrs at Kigali International Airport.
The A330-300 is a Wi-Fi enabled state of the art equipment, configured in a triple class layout but larger than “Ubumwe” the A330-200 that arrived two months ago. The aircraft is powered by Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines.
“With a capacity of carrying 274 passengers and 132.20 cubic meters cargo , we are proudly re-affirming our plans for long haul operations connecting Rwanda , the region and the continent to the rest of the World”, said John Mirenge, RwandAir’s Chief Executive Officer.
This acquisition takes RwandAir’s young and modern fleet to eleven aircraft which includes three aircraft equipped with inflight connectivity.
RwandAir’s fleet expansion is in line with its plans to launch more destinations in 2017;
starting with a new link to Harare via Lusaka connecting into Kigali to the rest of the network by mid-January.
Mumbai, London, Lilongwe, Bamako, Conakry and New York will also follow in the course of the same year.
From Kigali as its hub at the heart of Africa, RwandAir well reputed for an excellent on time performance is one of the safest airlines and operates one of the youngest fleet on the African continent. With eleven aircraft, the young airline reaches out to nineteen cities in Western, Eastern, Southern Africa and the Middle East.
RwandAir is a certified IOSA operator and an IATA member airline; the airline has also
recently obtained its IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification.
This year, RwandAir received East Africa’s first wide-bodied brand new Airbus A330s in a triple class configuration and Africa’s first Boeing 737-800NG equipped with inflight connectivity on a line-fit program.
In 2017, RwandAir will expand into long haul operations and increase frequencies on routes with increased demand; more routes on the continent will be launched with another Wi-Fi connected Boeing 737-800NG joining the young fleet mid same year.