In December 2015, RwandAir signed a lease agreement with Aircraft Lease Corporation, an American based lessor to acquire two brand new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation. The deliveries of the two aircraft named Kalisimbi and Muhabura are on 16th November 2016 and May 2017 respectively.
RwandAir becomes the first airline in Africa and second globally to acquire a Boeing 737-800NG equipped with inflight connectivity on a line-fit program.
The The 154-seater aircraft in a dual- class cabin configuration are identical to the two Boeing 737-800NG with the first Boeing Sky Interior in Africa purchased six years ago.
“The proven operating economics and passenger comfort make the aircraft, the right equipment to deploy on our medium haul flights and as we continue to expand our network, we are delighted to offer a Wi-Fi fully connected aircraft to serve today’s sophisticated traveler”; said John Mirenge, Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir RwandAir’s young fleet will grow to twelve aircraft and its capacity in terms of seats will double with the acquisition of the fourth B737-800NG and its second A330 (300 series).
This month, the airline obtained its ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) certification in addition to the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) certificate which was renewed mid this year.
Note to Editors:
From Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir an IATA member airline, reaches out to nineteen 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 an excellent on time performance, safety, and customer services.
As part of RwandAir’s expansion strategy, in September this year, the airline received its first wide-bodied A330 (200 series) aircraft. RwandAir will receive its fourth B737-800NG in May 2017, and its second A330 (300 series), on 30th November 2016. The airline will in 2017 add four more destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States of America.
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Published on: November 23, 2019