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7JetSet7 Code: RWA
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
Country: RWANDA
Employees 274
Web: rwandair.com
Email: info@rwandair.com
Telephone: +250 503687
Fax: +250 503686

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The Rwanda Republic was established in 1962 and covers an area of 26, 338 sq km. The capital city is Kigali and the official language is French. The population is 8.3 million.

MAY 1994: 1 707-328C (560-19292, /67 57 17 P4-ESP), EX-AIR RWANDA (RWD)/AIR FRANCE (AFA).



June 2002: 1 DC-8-62F (46068, 9XR-SC), Compass Air (COK) leased.

December 2002: 1 DC-8-62F (45956, 9XR-SD), Compass Air (COK) leased.

April 2003: 1 737-5L9 (28721), Maersk Air (MRS) leased.

March 2004: Rwanda Air-Express (RWA) is looking for a strategic investor to expand its operations.

May 2004: 737-5L9 (28721) returned to Maersk Air (MRS). 1 order 737-306 (23538), GECAS (GEF) leased.

June 2004: MD-82 (49119, 3D-ABV), ex-Kyrgisthan (KYR), Acvila Air (RRM) short-term wet-leased and returned. MD-82 (48039, 3D-MDJ), (RRM) wet-leased.

October 2005: Kigali - Kemembe (Cyangugu province) (DHC-8-200, 37Y, 3/week). In addition to proving an important domestic link for the business community, the new flights will also cater for the growing number of tourists visiting Nyungwe forest and Lake Kivu. Rwandair Express (RWA) plans to extend its domestic flights to Gisenyi, Butare, Ruhengeri, and elsewhere to target tourists and business travellers. The DHC Dash 8-200 will also be used to resume flights to Arusha in Tanzania.

May 2006: Rwanda Air Express (RWA) will inaugurate service service from Bujumbura to Johannesburg on August 9th. (RWA) will operate 2 flights a week, on Fridays & Sundays.

August 2007: The Rwanda government selected Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA) and Meridiana (ALS) Africa Airlines for the privatization of Rwandair Express (RWA), "l'Echo" reported, citing Rwandair (RWA) President, Manzi Kayihura as saying that the company with the best strategy would win the tender rather than the one with the highest bid. Rwandair (RWA) is seeking to place 40% of its capital with an industrial investor and 40% with private investors, leaving the state with 20%. The airline currently operates one 37-seat Dash 8 and one 142-seat MD-82.

October 2007: Italy's Meridiana (ALS) is planning to launch a new Ugandan carrier next month with the help of its parent, international development agency: the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Air Uganda (AUN) will be based in Entebbe and will initially operate two daily flights to Nairobi in Kenya; four weekly flights to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and three weekly flights to Juba in Sudan.

(AUN) will start with 1 DC-9, add an MD-87 in March, and take a second MD-87 in May. (AUN) will be (AKFED)'s third African carrier. It already owns 76% of Air Burkina (VBW), and 51% of Compagnie Aerienne du Mali. (AKFED) is also trying to acquire a stake in Air Ivoire (VUN) and is bidding with Meridiana (ALS), which is 80% controlled by companies belonging to (AKFED) Chairman, Aga Khan, for a 40% stake in Rwandair-Express (RWA).

March 2008: SITA and Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority announced forthcoming installation of air traffic information system Digital-ATIS and an air-ground data link service at Kigali. The technology, which is in keeping with (ICAO)'s Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa, will reduce reliance on voice communications and is expected to be in place by year end.

June 2009: "RwandAir" is the new name of the former "Rwandair Express" (RWA). (CEO), Gerald Zirimwabagabo said the initial phase of a five-year plan recommended the name change because Express "gives the impression of a 'small' point-to-point airline." (RWA) plans to implement an online reservation and payment system in August and establish a loyalty program "a few months from now."

August 2009: RwandAir (RWA) added a fifth weekly, Kigali - Johannesburg flight.

October 2009: Bombardier CRJ-200ER (7439, D-ACHG - - SEE PHOTO - - "RWA-CRJ-200-2009-10"), ex-Lufthansa Cityline delivery.

November 2009: ACCDT: RwandAir (RWA) CRJ100ER (7183, /97 5Y-JLC) struck a building at Kigali Airport (KGL) after landing, killing one of the 10 passengers on board. According to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network (ASN), the airplane departed (KGL) bound for Entebbe but turned around 2 minutes after takeoff "because of unspecified technical problems." It landed safely and taxied to its parking spot in front of an airport lounge, at which point the engines still were at "100% power," according to the (RWA) COO. The CRJ moved forward, knocking over fences and hitting the concrete wall of the building. The nose gear collapsed and "the nose was buried inside the building up to and including the forward passenger doors," the (ASN) said. The airplane was powered by two (CF34-3A1)s and first flew in 1997.

December 2009: RwandAir (RWA) signed a financing deal with the Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank for $13.5 million in loans to cover the acquisition of two CRJ-200s. In addition, (RWA) said that talks with "large airplane suppliers are at advanced stages for the acquisition of mid- to long-range airplanes beginning in 2010. (RWA) intends to expand its fleet considerably over the next five years."

(RWA) plans to buy two single-aisle airplanes from either Airbus (EDS) or Boeing (TBC) for delivery in 2011 and will lease two planes in the interim, Head Marketing & Corporate Communications, Michael Peter Otieno told "Reuters," adding that the carrier plans to acquire "about six airplanes" over the next five years. It bought two CRJ-200s from Lufthansa (DLH) that it plans to add before year end.

January 2010: RwandAir (RWA) will launch thrice-weekly, Kigali - Bujumbura - Dar es Salaam service on February 2 and four-times-weekly, Kigali - Johannesburg flights on February 3. It also plans to start service to Goma and Kinshasa in the current quarter.

(RWA) put two CRJ200s purchased from Lufthansa (DLH) into service. The airplanes will operate to Johannesburg, Entebbe, and Nairobi.

March 2010: RwandAir (RWA) launched daily, Kigali - Kamembe service and said it plans to add flights to Kinshasa to its summer schedule.

May 2010: RwandAir (RWA) placed an order for two 737-800s. (RWA) said it is "renewing and expanding its fleet to broaden its network." It currently operates only regional jets. The 737-800s "will enable us to eventually expand to regional hubs across Africa and the Middle East," Chairman, John Mirenge said. "They will become the mainstay of our fleet."

1 +1 order 737-500, (GECAS) (GEF) leased.

August 2010: 737-55D (27417, 9XR-WE), (GEF) leased, ex-(SP-LKB).

February 2011: Rwandair (RWA) hopes to connect western and eastern cities through its Kigali hub, giving its ambitious if small local economy a boost in the process. To that end, (RWA) will begin flying to Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo three times a week next month. It will be destination number 13 overall for (RWA), which is particularly keen to feed its Kigali flights to Dubai with West Africans.

July 2011: RwandAir (RWA) as the national carrier, operates jet airplane flights to all East African community capital cities including Kilimanjaro and Mombasa. It also serves Brazzaville, Dubai and Johannesburg and operates daily flights to the two key domestic tourist destinations of Gisenyi and Kamembe..

(IATA) Code: WB - 459. (ICAO) Code: RWD (Callsign - RWANDAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Rwanda (77%); & Silverback Cargo Freighters (VRB) (23%).

Alliances: Air Uganda (AUN); Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA); Ethiopian Airlines (ETH); and PrecisionAir (PRT).

Main Base: Kigali airport (KGL).

Domestic destinations: Gisenyi and Kamembe.

International, scheduled Destinations: Brazzaville; Bujumbura; Dubai; Entebbe/Kampala; Johannesburg; Kilimanjaro; Libreville; & Nairobi.

August 2011: Boeing (TBC) delivered a new 737-84Y (40892, 9XR-WF) with a Sky Interior to RwandAir (RWA), making it the first African carrier to own and operate Boeing (TBC)’s innovative interior. The delivery also is the first direct-purchase 737 in (RWA)’s fleet.

The Boeing Sky Interior introduces new cove lighting and curving architecture that create a distinctive entry way. Passengers will enjoy a more open cabin and a soft blue sky overhead simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The new interior also brings new, modern, sculpted sidewalls and window reveals to draw passengers’ eyes to the view outside the window.

As part of Boeing (TBC)’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program, (TBC) partnered with (RWA) and Operation USA on this delivery flight to deliver 1,500 science and other educational books to the Rotary Club of Kigali. The science books will be accepted by Rwanda’s Ministry of Education and distributed to high schools and universities throughout the country. The remaining books will be distributed to the Kigali Public Library – Rwanda’s first public library. Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities around the globe overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty. Since 1979, the organization has been providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid by working with grass-roots partners to provide material and financial assistance necessary in the face of a disaster as well as to combat the effects of systemic poverty.

(RWA)’s fleet includes two 737-500s, two CRJ200s and a DHC-8-200. (RWA) serves most East African Community capital cities with daily flights and it flies to Johannesburg, Brazzavile, Libreville, and Dubai.

October 2011: 737-84Y (40893, 9XR-WG), delivery.

January 2012: Nine African airlines have come together to purchase airplane fuel jointly, a move the carriers believe will increase their leverage and raise the value and quality of fuel being procured.

According to the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the nine airlines participating in the program include Kenya Airways (KEN), Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), Air Malawi (AML), Air Namibia (NAM), Air Seychelles (ASY), (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Precision Air (PRT), Rwandair (RWA) and TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG).

The (AFRAA), which said more of its 32 members could join the program in the future, stated that the joint fuel buying project "is aimed at attaining better and stable unit price of fuel for the participating airlines, assuring quality of the product and supply reliability whilst the relevant fuel suppliers will benefit from higher fuel volumes purchased by airlines. Other areas of focus include addressing the incidents of high taxes, charges and fees levied on fuel, especially in African airports, and lobbying stakeholders for the elimination of monopoly fuel suppliers at some airports."

The carriers will purchase about 700 million liters of fuel in aggregate annually valued at about $1.5 billion. Fuel purchasing contracts for this year have already been jointly negotiated by the nine carriers, the (AFRAA) said. While negotiations are being conducted by the carriers on a joint basis, fuel contracting will still be done by individual airlines.

"The contracts implementation dates will vary, with some airlines starting to purchase fuel under the [jointly] negotiated terms in February 2012," the (AFRAA) stated. "All contracts will, however, end in December 2012 and [be] replaced by new contracts for a full calendar year in 2013 and subsequent years following another bidding, evaluation, negotiation and awarding process to be carried out [jointly by the carriers] during the course of this year."

March 2012: RwandAir (RWA) has signed a firm order for two Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen airplanes, plus two options, making it the first CRJ900 operator in eastern Africa. The contract is valued at approximately $89 million based on list prices and would increase to $185 million if both options are exercised, Bombardier (BMB) said.

“Our two 50-seat CRJ200 airplanes have performed very well for us and have helped grow our business to the point that we require airplanes with more capacity,” said RwandAir (RWA) (CEO), John Mirenge. “Based on our experience with the CRJ200 airplanes, the dual-class 75-seat CRJ900 NextGen airplane was the logical upgrade.”

(RWA) will configure the CRJ900s with seven business-class (C) seats and 68Y economy seats.

October 2012: RwandAir (RWA) has taken delivery of the first of two Bombardier CRJ900s it had on order that includes two options. It plans to use this and the second CRJ900 it has on order for its regional routes starting with routes from Kigali to Dar-es-Salaam (DAR), Entebbe/Kampala International (EBB) and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO).

(RWA) Chairman, John Mirenge said the CRJ900 is a “natural progression from the CRJ200 airplane.” He said the CRJ900 has a two-class, 7C, 68Y-seat interior “that will allow us to offer a premium service.”

In addition to the CRJ900, (RWA)’s fleet includes four 737 airplanes and one Bombardier DHC-8-200 airplane.

It serves two domestic destinations and many regional cities including Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Mwanza. (RWA) also serves Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville, and Brazzaville. (RWA) will add more destinations on the African continent and beyond in 2013 and 2014.

Bombardier CRJ900 (15286, 9XR-WH), delivery.

November 2012: Iberia (IBE) signed a three-year contract with Rwandair (RWA) to maintain components on two of (RWA)’s new Bombardier CRJ900s, including access to the (IBE) pool of spare parts and the placement of a main base kit at (RWA)’s Kigali hub. Maintenance will take place in Madrid.

RwandAir (RWA) Chairman, John Mirenge has announced that the expanding national carrier is currently evaluating placing an order for some 787-8s to be able to operate long-haul services from Kigali to China and Europe from 2015. (RWA) currently only operates within Africa and to Dubai International (DXB) with a fleet of two 737-800s, two 737-500s, two CRJ-900s and a wet-leased DHC-8-100.

December 2012: Kenya Airways (KEN) and RwandAir ((IATA) Code: WB, based at Kigali Kanombe airport (KGL)) (RWA) have announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement that will see the two carriers cooperate on flights between Kenya and Rwanda as well as cargo, maintenance and training. Further details about the agreement are expected to be announced at a later stage. Kenya Airways (KEN) operates up to four daily services between Nairobi and Kigali, while RwandAir (RWA) offers three daily flights on the route and a three times weekly service linking Kigali with Mombasa Moi International airport (MBA).

January 2013: Kenya Airways (KEN) is expanding its influence in the African market by aligning itself with smaller carriers as it seeks to build its home base of Nairobi as a continental hub. This includes promoting greater cross-border cooperation and fostering economic development among nations which jealously guard their independence, despite the clear evidence that this has been a fundamental cause of their problems.

(KEN) as Africa’s fourth largest carrier and the continent's only member of the SkyTeam (STM) alliance is focusing on airlines in southern Africa, having already brought (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Air Botswana (BOT), Air Malawi (AML) and TAAG Angola Airlines (ANG) into the fold.

On 20 December 2012, (KEN) and RwandAir (RWA) announced plans to form a strategic partnership and build stronger relations including improved synergies in scheduling, reservation systems and a combined frequent flyer plan. The partnership will also strengthen the airlines' cargo, maintenance and flight training operations.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airways (ETH) looks to strengthen its Addis Ababa hub, as the Gulf carriers (now partnering with some global alliance airlines) expand their global networks across Africa.

February 2013: RwandAir ((IATA) Code: WB, based at Kigali Kanombe (KGL)) (RWA) Chairman, John Mirenge has announced that (RWA) would plan to replace its two 737-500s leased from USA lessor (GECAS) (GEF) by two larger 737-700s leased from (ILFC) (ILF) later this year with the two 737-500s expected to be returned to (GEF) by June. RwandAir (RWA) currently operates a pair of 737-800s already and will then have a 737NG fleet of four airplanes.

April 2013: RwandAir ((IATA) Code: WB, based at Kigali Kanombe airport (KGL)) (RWA) has taken delivery of its first of two ex-TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) 737-700s (30717, 9XR-WJ) on lease from airplane lessor (ILFC) (ILF). The 737-700s are scheduled to replace (RWA)'s two 737-500s by the end of May with initial services scheduled from Kigali via Brazzaville Maya Maya (BZV) and Libreville Leon M'Ba (LBV) to Douala (DLA) as well as to Johannesburg Oliver Reginald Tambo International (JNB) and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO). Once the transition from 737-500s to 737-700s is completed, (RWA) will operate two CRJ-900s, two 737-700s, two 737-800s and a DHC-8-100 wet-leased from Kenyan operator (ALS) - Aircraft Leasing Services ((IATA) Code: K4, based at Nairobi Wilson airport (WIL)).

(RWA) will begin 5X-weekly, Kigali - Accra and 4X weekly, – Doula flights in June; and 3X-weekly Kigali - Juba in July.

(RWA) serves 13 countries, 16 destinations, and 22 routes.

(RWA) has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, in an order valued at approximately $33 million, based on list prices.

June 2013: 737-7K5 (30726, 9XR-WK), ex-(D-AHXD), (ILF) leased.

August 2013: RwandAir (RWA) is to use Volartec software to manage maintenance of its airplanes. Volartec's Alkym system will be implemented by the Rwandan flag carrier (RWA), which has a fleet comprising two 737-500 narrow bodies, two 737-700s, two 737-800s and two Bombardier CRJ900ER regional jets. (RWA) also has one Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 turboprop on order. Volartec has offices in Ireland, Argentina, and Australia.

September 2013: RwandAir (RWA), the national carrier of Rwanda, has begun a new route from its Kigali (KGL) base to Juba (JUB) in South Sudan. Operated thrice-weekly (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) with a 50-seat CRJ 200, (RWA) will face no competition on the route. The service is (RWA)’s only service to the South Sudan capital.

February 2014: RwandAir (RWA) has taken delivery of a dual-class Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 NextGen turboprop from an order announced in April 2013.

(RWA) Deputy (CEO), Jean Paul Nyirubutama said the 67-seat DHC-8-Q400 NextGen airplanes “will position us well to offer increased capacity on popular routes that have been opened and serviced with our 37-seat Bombardier DHC-8-200, and is the right airplane to develop our growing domestic and regional markets.”

(RWA)’s fleet also includes four 737 series airplanes, one Bombardier DHC-8-200 turboprop and two new CRJ900 NextGen regional jets.

(RWA) serves domestic destinations and many regional cities such as Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro. (RWA) also serves Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville, and Brazzaville. Service to Accra, Douala, and Juba will start soon.

July 2014: RwandAir (RWA) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) have been granted 5th freedom traffic rights between Entebbe/Kampala and Juba by the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) just days after the country's largest international operator, Air Uganda ((IATA) Code: U7, based at Entebbe/Kampala), announced it was suspending operations indefinitely.

“We have had fruitful discussion and that is what we have always been looking at. We are setting aside a plane for that route as a way of accommodating the anticipated traffic. We are positive that this will be a great boost to both parties,” (ETH)'s Entebbe Station Manager, Abebe Angessa, told the "New Vision" newspaper.

The move to award the carriers the rights has been greeted with anger by the country's aviation sector, which blames the (UCAA)'s incompetence and lack of professionalism for failing its most recent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-backed audit Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP). In the wake of the results, the (UCAA) revoked the (AOC)s of all locally-based international operators (among them Uganda Air Cargo ((ICAO) Code: UCC, based at Entebbe/Kampala) and Transafrik International ((ICAO) Code: TFK, based at Luanda) forcing them to reapply.

In its defense, the (UCAA) has said the airlines in question were at fault claiming the revocation of their (AOC)s was warranted on the grounds that each had allegedly suffered from safety oversights and shortcomings.

(RWA) currently operates 8 airplanes, to 13 countries, and serves 16 destinations, 21 routes, and 31 daily flights.

September 2014: RwandAir ((IATA) Code: WB, based at Kigali) (RWA) could make its Asian and European début during the financial years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, respectively, according to maverick Chairman, John Mirenge. Speaking to the local press following the presentation of the airline's five-year strategic plan to government, Mirenge said that possible destinations in the Far East could include Shanghai Pudong, Guangzhou, and Beijing Capital.

"We are considering a Mumbai International flight soon. We also hope that European flights will commence in the 2017/2018 fiscal year, though we are yet to zero in on specific destinations," he told Rwanda's "New Times."

Mirenge added that to facilitate its long haul plans, (RWA) is expected to acquire wide body planes with a seating capacity of up to 200 people in the later part of the 2016 financial year.

The Rwandan national carrier has orders with Boeing (TBC) for two 787-8s (35507, 9XR-WM) and (35508, 9XR-WN). The two airframes are the so-called "Terrible Teen" models relinquished by Royal Air Maroc (RAM) in 2012 in favor of later hulls.

From a virtual carrier leasing in all its airplanes, Rwandair (RWA) has grown substantially with it now operating a fleet of two 737-700s, two 737-800s, two CRJ-900s, one DHC-8-100, and one DHC-8-400, serving the Middle East, as well as West, East, and Southern Africa.

Among new potential African destinations are Luanda, Abidjan, Harare International, and Lusaka.

February 2015: RwandAir (RWA), the flag carrier of Rwanda, increased its international offering with the addition of daily flights on the 521 km sector from Entebbe (EBB) to Nairobi (NBO) on January 29th, using its 50-seat CRJ 900s. This route is already flown with direct services by Kenya Airways (KEN) (35x weekly) and Fly-SAX (11x weekly). (RWA) is also operating this airport pair six times weekly via its Kigali base.

Commenting on the route launch, Gobena Mikael, General Manager Commercial, RwandAir (RWA), said: “The route will be operated by state of the art, next generation dual class CRJ 900s, which guarantee safety and great comfort, especially on such short haul routes. Flights are scheduled to depart at 9:00 am from Entebbe and at 9:00 pm from Nairobi, primarily catering for the demands of the business and the short stay traveler.”

March 2015: RwandAir (RWA), the flag carrier of the central African state of Rwanda, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for two Airbus A330s, signaling a move into the long-haul market.

The Kigali-based airline is taking a A330-200 and A330-300. It is a new Airbus (EDS) customer and (RWA) said it is the first company in East Africa to order the type.

Its current fleet consists of two Boeing 737-700NGs, two 737-800NGs, two Bombardier (BMB) CRJ900 NextGens and two Bombardier DHC-8-Q400 NextGens. It leased the second DHC-8-Q400 just days ago.

“As we look to introduce wide body airplanes for the first time into our fleet, we have found the A330 to perfectly support our plans to expand into Europe and Asia, to enhance our regional presence, to open up new routes and to grow our market share,’’ RwandAir (RWA) Chairman, John Mirenge said.

The A330-200 and A330-300 will have 261 and 300 seats, respectively, and will be delivered in a three-class configuration. Powerplants will be Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 772B)s. The two A330s are due to be delivered in the second half of 2016.

RwandAir (RWA) will deploy the new aircraft on medium- and long-haul routes from its Kigali home base to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

June 2015: DHC-8-Q402 (4498, 9XR-WM), ex-(C-FIRC) for RwandAir Express operations.

July 2015: News Item A-1: Rolls-Royce (RRC) has been selected by Africa’s RwandAir (RWA) to supply (Trent 700) engines to power two Airbus A330 aircraft, which were ordered in March. The agreement makes (RWA) a new Rolls-Royce (RRC) customer.

August 2015: News Item A-1: RwandAir (RWA) Chairman, John Mirenge has disclosed his airline is in talks with both Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) and Etihad Airways (EHD) over the planned sale of a 49% stake in the growing Central African carrier.

"Currently, we are in talks with Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), but we are also talking to Etihad Airways (EHD)," he said. "This step will help us to select the right airline that would fit in."

Later, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways (EHD) said it is not in negotiation with Rwanda’s national carrier RwandAir (RWA) for a 49% stake in the (RWA).

An (EHD) spokesperson said: “Etihad Airways (EHD) confirms that it has declined any offer of a potential investment in RwandAir (RWA), the national airline of Rwanda.”

(RWA) is seeking a strategic partner to help boost its competitiveness. Both (EHD) and Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) were understood to be in talks regarding the 49% stake. (ETH)’s position remains unclear, although (ETH) is believed to be pursuing the partnership opportunity.

The (EHD) spokesperson said: “(EHD) is however, constantly fostering and developing commercial relationships with airlines around the world, including RwandAir (RWA), in order to offer its guests a wider choice of travel options.”

September 2015: RwandAir (RWA) has finalized its order for its first wide bodies, an Airbus A330-200 (1741), seating 20C, 21PY, 203Y and an A330-300 (1754), seating 30C, 21PY, 233Y, firming up a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in March. The A330s are being delivered during the second half of next year.

RwandAir (RWA) is the first East African A330 customer. Its current fleet comprises two Boeing 737-700NGs, two 737-800NGs, two Bombardier CRJ900s and two Bombardier DHC-8-Q400s.

(RWA) currently operates 8 airplanes to 14 countries, to 17 destinations on 24 routes and 37 daily flights.

February 2016: RwandAir (RWA), South African Airways (SAA), and various other international carriers have elected to transfer their respective Douala, Cameroon services to Yaoundé Nsimalen for the duration of upgrade runway works.

As previously reported, Douala International Airport will close to all traffic between March 1 and 21, 2016, during which time the 2,853m-long runway 12/30 will be resurfaced.

Airlines are being offered a 50% off on handling and landing fees to use Yaoundé airport.

March 2016: Ethiopian Airlines (ETH) is negotiating with Rwanda’s national carrier, RwandAir (RWA) for a 49% stake (RWA), (CEO), Tewolde Gebremariam confirmed.

“(ETH) and (RWA) are discussing expanding their cooperation. The discussion is still at an early stage and we have not yet progressed to the equity discussion level,” Gebremariam said.

State-owned (RWA) continues to establish its Central Africa hub in the capital Kigali. (RWA) is seeking a strategic partner to help boost its competitiveness.

Ethiopian (ETH)’s interest in RwandAir (RWA) is part of (ETH)’s "Vision 2025" business plan; the Star (SAL) Alliance member has already developed hubs in West Africa by ASKY Airlines (AKY) in Lomé and in Southern Africa through Malawian Airlines in Lilongwe.

Under (ETH)’s "Vision 2025" strategic plan, it is establishing itself as an aviation group with seven business units: — international airline, regional airline, cargo, Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), aviation academy, catering services, and ground services. Collectively, by 2025, these units should be generating about $10 billion in revenue.

According to its website, (RWA) operates two Boeing 737-700s, two 737-800s, two Bombardier (BMB) Q400NGs and two CRJ-900NGs. (RWA) has finalized an order for its 1st wide bodies, an Airbus A330-200 and an A330-300, in September 2015.

September 2016: RwandAir (RWA) took delivery of the 1st of 2 long haul wide body Airbus A330s (an A330-200) becoming the launch operator of the aircraft type in East Africa on September 28. (RWA) also has an A330-300 on order, which will be delivered in November.

April 2017: RwandAir (RWA) named Chance Ndagano as acting (CEO), who replaced John Mirenge April 10. Ndagano is reportedly a former judge at the military tribunal.

(rqa), the Rwanda flag carrier plans to launch 3x-weekly Kigali to London Gatwick services from May 26, becoming its 1st route to Europe. The new route will be operated by Airbus A330-200/-300 aircraft, which offer 244 or 274 seats in a 3-class layout and in-flight connectivity.

In April, RwandAir (RWA) began flights to Mumbai (India) and Harare, (Zimbabwe). London will be RwandAir’s 22nd destination.

RwandAir (RWA) operates 1 Airbus A330-200, 1 A330-300, 2 Boeing 737-700s, 3 737-800s, 2 Bombardier Dash 8-Q400s and 2 CRJ900s.

Mirenge previously said (RWA) is also evaluating adding 2 Airbus A350 XWBs to its fleet by 2018.

In 2017, (RWA) plans to acquire a 4th Boeing 737-800NG and will also expand its network to Guangzhou (China), Bamako (Mali), Conakry (Guinea), Lilongwe (Malawi) and New York.

August 2018: "Rwanda Signs Aviation Safety (MOU)" by Victoria Moores
(victoria.moores@informa.com), August 15, 2018.

The Rwandan (CAA) and (IATA) have agreed to cooperate on safety, as part of a wider African drive to get all airlines on the (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) register.

Under the 2015 Abuja Declaration, African governments committed to recognize (IOSA) as a safety standard and get all of the continents’ airlines (IOSA)-registered by 2020.

On August 14, (IATA) said it has signed an (MOU) with the Rwandan (CAA), which will further develop Rwanda’s safety oversight program.

“Rwanda, when this (MOU) is implemented, will be the 2nd African state after Zimbabwe to fulfill this commitment,” (IATA) said.

(IOSA) was established in 2003 as an airline-safety benchmark, which is now held by 440 airlines (including 34 African airlines). (IOSA) certification is required to become an (IATA) member airline.

“We hope that our work together will be an inspiration to other African governments to take similar action in fulfilling their Abuja Declaration commitments,” (IATA) Regional VP (Africa & Middle East) Muhammad Albakri said.

In 2017, the accident rate among (IOSA)-registered airlines was 4x-better than non-(IOSA) airlines.

“This trend carries through to Africa where the 34 African airlines with an (IOSA) registration delivered safety performance >3 times better than African carriers not on the registry,” (IATA) said.


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August 2017:

1 707-328C (JT3D-3B) (560-19292, /67 P4-ESP), EX-(AFA)/(RWD).

0 737-306 (CFM56-3) (1288-23538), EX-(KLM), (GEF) LEASED. RETUTNED.

0 737-5L9 (CFM56-3C1) (2856-28721, /97 OY-APH), (MRS) WET-LEASED 2003-04, RETURNED 2004-06. 104 PAX, 2 CLASS.

0 737-55D (CFM56-3C-1) (2389-27416, /92 9XR-WD; 2392-27417, /92 9XR-WE, 2010-08), (GEF) LEASED 2010-06. 12C, 80Y.

2 737-7H4 (CFM56-7B) (30726, 9XR-XD - - SEE ATTACHED - - "RWA-737-7K5 - 2013-07), EX-(D-AHXD).

1 737-7K5 (CFM56-7B) (30726, 9XR-WK), EX-(D-AHZD), (ILF) LEASED 2013-06.

1 737-7WJ (CFM56-7B) (30717, 9XR-WJ), EX-(D-AHXB), (ILF) LEASED 2013-04.

2 + 2 ORDERS (2017-08) 737-84Y (CFM56-7B26E3) (3737-40892, /11 9XR-WF, 2011-08; 3817-40893, /11 9XR-WG, 2011-10), WITH BOEING SKY INTERIOR. WITH WINGLETS. 16C, 138Y.

2 ORDERS (2015-02) 787-8 (35507, 9XR-WM; 35508, 9XR-WN):

0 DC-8-62F (JT3D-3B HK) (463-46068, /69 9XR-SC), EX-SILVERBACK CARGO, (COK) LEASED 2002-06. RETURNED. WFU AT KIGALI.


0 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1003-48039, /81 3D-MDJ), EX-(KYR), JETRAN LEASED, (RRM) WET-LEASED 2004-06. RETURNED. 12C, 130Y.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1070-49119, /82 3D-ABV), EX-(KYR), (KHT) LEASED, (RRM) WET-LEASED 2004-06. RETURNED. 12C, 130Y.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1091-49139, YR-MDK), JETRAN WET-LEASED. RETURNED. 12C, 130Y.

1 A330-200 (TRENT 772B) (1741), 20C, 21PY, 203Y:

1 A330-300 (TRENT 772B) (1754, 30C, 21PY, 223Y:



1 BAC 111-201AC (SPEY 506-14A) (011, /64 9XR-RA), 79Y.


2 +1 ORDER BOMBARDIER CRJ200ER (7439, /00 9XR-WA - - SEE PHOTO - - "RWA-CRJ-200-2009-10;" 7449, /00 9XR-WB), EX-(DLH) CITYLINE 2009-12. 50Y.

2 +2 OPTIONS BOMBARDIER CRJ900ER NEXTGEN (CF34-8C5) (15286, 9XR-WH, 2012-10), 7C, 68Y.

1 LET 410UVP (M-601D) (810636, /81 9XR-RB "WAKILONGA"), 15Y.


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