Rwanda Air, the famous national Airline of Rwanda has in the early morning of today concluded the deal to secure two Airbus A330 Aircraft where one is A330-200 Version and then the other is the extensive A330-300. These types are qualified for the ETOP operations that stretch beyond the 180 minutes which are ideal for the long distance route to China thus opening ground for the travel of Rwanda safari undertakers.
The both Aircrafts will see their delivery in the month of September
and the month of December in the year 2016. The equipment will be
powered by the best engines prevailing in the market apparently named
the Rolls Royce Trent 772B. These Aircrafts are noted to be the first
ever wide body equipment that are going to join the fleet of Rwanda Air
and will feature Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class to cater
for various traveler categories including those heading for safaris in Rwanda
It can be noted that the A330-200 which is the smaller presents twenty
(20) flatbed seats in the C-Class, a count of twenty one (21) seats in
the Premium Economy Cabin and 203 seats in the Economy Cabin. The larger
variant Aircraft A330-300 features thirty (30) flatbed seats in the
C-Class, twenty one (21) seats in the Premium economy cabin and 223
seats in the Economy Class. The combination of the two presents a
provision for the increased passenger carriage thus providing more space
for those that might wish to travel to Rwanda including undertaking Rwanda safaris.
Though the prices were declined to be declared publically, it can be
noted that Rwanda Air managed to negotiate a favorable deal from the
Airbus considering the Airbus’s interest to increase its presence in
Africa. The Rwanda Air secured a credit of $160m from the Eastern and
Southern Africa Bank (PTA Bank) to enable the purchase of the Aircrafts.
Rwanda Air becomes the first to get the two new wide body aircraft of
the A330 in the region of East Africa.
John Mirenge the Rwanda Air
CEO noted that the new Aircrafts will be deployed on the China route
more likely the Guangzhou through India and another route would be
Europe featuring Frankfurt and the capital London. However, this was
considered as speculation since a detailed route analysis will have to
be carried out first. He further noted that Rwanda Air had concluded a
purchase deal for more two (2) B737-800NG Sky Interior with the company
Boeing which was delivered in 2006.
The purchase of these Aircrafts
will bring the total fleet of Rwanda Air to twelve (12) from the current
eight (8) which is a symbol showing that Rwanda Air is among the
Airlines that are growing at a faster rate in the continent of Africa
and importantly with the youngest equipment. Hopes of the carrier to
increase the passenger carriage from the apparent 500,000 per annum to
over 3 million in the subsequent years can be developed.
additional two (2) Aircrafts of medium distance will enable Rwanda Air
to expand the reach to different parts of Africa through opening up new
routes and increasing frequencies to key cities where the seat demand
calls for extra flights.
Rwanda Air was recognized early this year
as among the safest Airlines in Africa following the passing of
operational Safety Audit by the International Air Transport Association.
As result, it was given IATA Membership joining other 250 carriers from
over 150 nations.
The Rwanda Air makes flights to a range of
eighteen (18) destinations including Entebbe, Nairobi, Mombasa, Lusaka,
Bujumbura, Juba, Dar-es-salaam, Douala, Kilimanjaro, Dubai,
Johannesburg, Lagos, Brazzaville and Libreville among other destinations