RwandAir is set to celebrate the arrival of the carrier’s e B737-800NG here tomorrow. RwandAir’s acquisition Boeing 737-800NG is expected in Kigali tomorrow (Wednesday), the aircraft left Seattle, United States on Monday.
The Boeing aircraft is the first of two new orders from the American manufacturer.
The planes Boeing 737-800NG models equipped with inflight connectivity are expected to touch ground at Kigali international airport in Kanombe tomorrow on 16th November at 16:00hrs (ETA).
RwandAir has taken delivery of the first of the two-ordered Boeing 737-800NG equipped with inflight connectivity yesterday on 14th November 2016, in Seattle, Washington. Regional airlines are sprucing up their fleets with new aeroplanes. Ethiopian, Rwandan and Tanzanian airlines will purchased new aircraft.
The ferry flight departed earlier today from Seattle and is expected to arrive at Kigali International Airport, said Ariella Kageruka, Rwandair’s Promotions and Communications Manager in a press statement.
The arrival of the two planes will be reason for the airliner to celebrate a great milestone in its aviation expansion plans.
“The delivery of this aircraft will take the RwandAir young fleet to ten aircraft and will enable the launch of new destinations in Africa and India” the communication said.
In September, Rwandair acquired the first Airbus 330-200 ‘Ubumwe’ plane in the East African region, a move which created extensive media discussions about Rwanda setting a challenge for its neigbours like Uganda and Kenya
The airline has set its eyes on expanding its flights across Africa, Asia and Europe and has added New York route on its new destination plan by 2017 and to ensure that this plan materializes, the airline is planning to acquire another Airbus A350 XWB wide-body plane for the Kigali-US route, according to its CEO John Mirenge.
In October, Rwandair launched commercial flights to Cotonou in Benin and Abidjan in Ivory Coast as part of its strategy to expand its footprint and enhance connectivity in West Africa.
RwandAir also plans to enter more markets soon, including Mumbai in India, Conakry in Guinea, Bamako in Mali, as well as Dakar, Senegal, Harare in Zimbabwe, Lilongwe in Malawi and Durban in South Africa by next year.
Presently, the airline operates 19 destinations, including Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Lusaka, Juba, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Cotonou, Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville.
The national carrier successfully renewed its certificate for the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) for another two years to remain competitive.