Rwanda’s national air carrier delivered its first wide body aircraft, named Ubumwe (Unity) the Airbus 330-200 touched down Kigali International Airport this Wednesday, aboard were its chief executive officer John Mirenge, other officials, technicians and journalists.
The brand new Airbus 330-200 worth $250 million brings the carrier’s total fleet to nine, another delivery of Airbus 330-300 will be in November and additional aircrafts expected before the end of February next year.
En-route from Toulouse in France, the aircraft made a stopover at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda where John Mirenge said that the stopover was because of the relationship between RwandAir and the Ugandan market.
The new aircraft with capacity of 244 seats ranging from 20 business class, 21 premiums and 203 economy class will start servicing the Dubai route. RwandAir currently reaches out to eighteen cities in Western, Eastern, and Southern Africa and the Middle East.
As part of RwandAir’s expansion strategy, in December this year RwandAir commences long haul operations to Mumbai which will be enabled by its new acquisitions. In the first quarter of 2017, the airline will also start to operate new routes to Harare and Durban with Boeing B737-800NG aircraft.
According to officials, the airline is servicing 18 destinations including Accra, Addis Ababa (via Ethiopian Airlines), Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Douala, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Kamembe, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Libreville, Lusaka, Mombasa, Mwanza, Nairobi, Yaounde, Cotonou and Abidjan will open in October.