New aircraft, new services

Following the arrival yesterday of 'Kalisimbi', RwandAir's third Boeing B737-800NG and first with inflight WiFi connectivity, the airline's CEO Mr. John Mirenge has announced the launch of inflight duty-free sales over the coming days.

Once in place, this added service will catapult RwandAir into the top tier of African airlines as far as service level is concerned.

Another measure to be introduced soon will be an online check-in facility for passengers who prefer to have their check-in procedure completed before driving to the airport, where they will then only need to drop off their baggage after receiving their boarding pass either on their phone or else have pre-printed it.

Mr. Mirenge also confirmed that the airline aims to launch seven new destinations in 2017, starting with Harare in January. Other African destinations will be Lilongwe, Conakry and Bamako in West Africa, while long-haul flights planned include Mumbai, London and New York.

Next to arrive, will be 'Umurage' - an Airbus A330-300, which will join her sistership 'Ubumwe' to allow RwandAir launch long-haul flights. The aircraft is due for delivery in Kigali on November 30.

Both Mr. Mirenge, CEO of the airline and Dr. Alexis Nzahabwanimana, the Minister of State for Transport, hailed the country's exemplary leadership which, through long term vision, allowed not only the airline to grow in leaps and bounds, but also position the country as a major MICE destination.

Source: eTN