RwandAir has acquired a Boeing 737-800NG, baptized as Kalisimbi joining an existing fleet of 9 airplanes.
The carrier, RwandAir’s latest plane acquisition, Boeing 737-800NG is the first of two new orders from the US manufacturer.
Rwanda gets reasonable revenues from Tourism especially gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park. A successful aviation industry impacts positively on tourism in terms of branding and marketing the country, direct flights from far destinations to the country and probably reduced airfares.
The coming of Kalisimbi has increased RwandAir’s fleet to ten aircraft and will facilitate the airline’s developing routes in Africa and beyond.
In September this year, the airline got a brand new Airbus 330-200, -named ‘Ubumwe’, meaning Unity.
The new plane comes at a time when the airline is arranging to begin flights next year to Gatwick, the second-busiest airport in London after Heath-row. Plans to fly into the American airspace are underway and flight is expected in the 2017.
Of recent, the airline started flights to Cotonou, Benin and Abidjan, Ivory Coast bringing the number of flight destinations to 19 in total.
These include Nairobi, Mombasa, Entebbe, Lusaka, Bujumbura, Douala in Cameroon, Juba, Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam, Cotonou, Johannesburg, Lagos, Libreville Dubai and Brazzaville.
The airline will soon open routes to Harare, Zimbabwe and Mumbai in India sooner than later.
RwandAir expansion dependent upon the projected airline’s capacity to grow from the current 500,000 passengers, a year to over 3 million in coming five years.
RwandAir is an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certified. The internationally-recognized and acknowledged evaluation and certification body ratifies that the airline’s operative management and control systems adhere to international civil aviation safety standards.