RwandAir set for Abidjan launch

It is not just the addition of new aircraft and the launch of long haul flights, which has put RwandAir into the spotlight of African aviation of late.

With the arguable youngest fleet on the continent, RwandAir is a high flyer by any standards and with two brand new Airbus A330 aircraft and two new Boeing B737-800NGs having arrived in Kigali, the airline is expecting to significantly raise the number of destinations across Southern and West Africa to help fill the long haul flights to Mumbai and Guangzhou.

As previously reported, RwandAir will launch Harare flight in January 2017 and in October of this year the long anticipated flights to Abidjan will be underway.

Effective October 2 RwandAir will fly three times a week via Accra to Abidjan, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, using a B737-800NG for the service.

Flights to Accra will be boosted from presently 6 per week to daily, and three of these flights will be nonstop.

The present Accra flights via Lagos will be reduces from present 6 per week to 4 per week, operating on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, while Lagos will then be served daily too, also using a Boeing B737-800NG.

Another new route will come into effect on September 2 when flight WB 214/5 will begin to serve Douala, Libreville and Cotonou.

In East Africa, the flights from Kigali to Dar es Salaam will be combined with a stopover in Kilimanjaro / Arusha as flight WB 448/9 using a Bombardier Q400NG for the four times a week service.

Dates for the launch of Airbus A330-200 services to Dubai, due in October as well, which according to present information will operate four times a week - the remaining three flights will continue to operate via Mombasa using a B737-800NG - will be announced as soon as the airline gives a final confirmation.

Source: eTN