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RwandAir acquires Africa’s a Boeing 737-800 plane

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RwandAir has acquired a Boeing 737-800, becoming the first African carrier to own and operate a 737 with the Boeing Sky Interior. The delivery also marks RwandAir’s first direct aircraft purchase.

The brand new aircraft, given the local name ‘Kalisimbi,’   touched down at Kigali International Airport at yesterday.

RwandAir becomes the first airline in Africa purchase and acquire a Boeing 737-800NG fully equipped with in-flight connectivity on a line-fit programme, including WiFi.

The 154-seater aircraft is a dual- class cabin configuration and identical to the two Boeing 737-800NG with the first Boeing Sky Interior in Africa purchased six years ago. The brand new aircraft is expected to facilitate the airline’s expansion goal.

John Mirenge, the Airline’s chief executive, believes the plane is expected to enhance RwandAir’s capacity to compete commercially in what has become rather a competitive business,

In December last year, RwandAir signed a lease agreement with Aircraft Lease Corporation, an American based lessor to acquire two brand new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation.

The next 737 (Muhabura) is expected to be delivered in May next year, as the airline’s capacity is expected to grow from the current 500,000 passengers annually to more than 3,000,000 in the next coming five years.

RwandAir’s fleet now up to 12 aircraft and its capacity in terms of seats will double with the acquisition of the fourth B737-800NG and its second A330 (300 series).

In September, the national carrier acquired East Africa’s first brand new Airbus 330-200, dubbed ‘Ubumwe’ (unity).

A few months ago, the airline launched flights to Cotonou in Benin and Abidjan in Ivory Coast growing the total number of flight destinations to 19. The airline is also planning to start flight to Gatwick, London as well as America in 2017.

The company is also set to open up routes to Harare Zimbabwe and Mumbia, India in the coming days. Others consist of: Bujumbura, Nairobi, Dubai, Entebbe, Brazzaville, Lusaka, Mombasa, Douala, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Libreville, Johannesburg g, Juba and Lagos.

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