The Independent (Kampala)

4 March 2014

Rwanda: RwandAir Adds New Aircraft to Its Fleet

RwandAir has added a new aircraft to its fast-growing fleet, a move that will help the airline grow in stature.

Jean Paul Nyirubutama, RwandAir's deputy chief executive officer, received the Bombardier aircraft at a recent ceremony in Toronto, Canada where the aircraft is manufactured following the order RwandAir made for the dual-class Q400 NextGen airliner last April.

"We have been eagerly awaiting the delivery of this superb dual-class, 67-seat aircraft," said Nyirubutama.

Nyirubutama said the new aircraft will position RwandAir to offer increased capacity on popular routes that have been opened and serviced with the 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft. He said the aircraft was the right one to develop the airline's growing domestic and regional market.

According to RwandAir, the aircraft's modern cabin and superior performance will help in building new markets where regional air services today are served by older-generation jets.

"The aircraft will firmly support RwandAir on our path towards growth increased profitability," Nyirubutama said.

RwandAir is now one of 15 operators of Q400 and Q 400 NextGen Aircraft in Africa. The two aircraft are both more environmentally and are the advanced successors to Bombardier's Dash 8/Q-series.

They are optimized for short-haul operations, are large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient providing an ideal balance of passenger comfort.

RwandAir, operating from its Kigali hub is the fastest growing airline in Africa and serves both domestic destinations and many regional cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar-es salaam and Kilimanjaro.

The airline also serves Johannesburg, Durban, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville and hopes to soon add Accra, Douala, and Juba on its dedicated routes.

At the handle over ceremony, Mike Arcamone, the president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, a Canadian aero plane and train manufacturing firm said the Q400 NextGen turboprop has proven its capability, flexibility and ruggedness in many regions of the world and is operating with distinction in diverse environments.

"We are confident that it will serve RwandAir and its customers very well," said Arcamone.

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