RwandAir’s New Airbus A330 Thrills East Africa

RwandAir's new aircraft 'Ubumwe'

Rwandans are in high spirits after the much anticipated Airbus A330-200 (Ubumwe) touched down at Kigali International Airport on Wednesday.

The commercial plane left Toulouse, ask France to Kigali via Entebbe Airport.

Observers describe the acquisition as a big leap forward for the country’s aviation sector.

RwandAir becomes the first East African customer for the long-haul airliner with its proven efficiency.

Officials said this will further enable the country’s carrier to deploy its new flagship aircraft on medium and long-haul routes serving destinations in Europe, sales the Middle East and Asia.

The Airbus was welcomed at Entebbe International airport by Ugandan officials and Industry stakeholders.

“The challenge starts with filling the sits of the new airbus A330 but I am sure we will make it, cialis 40mg ” said RwandAir CEO John Mirenge.

The plane features three class cabin layouts.

It has 244 seats (20 business class, 21 premium and 203 economy class) not to mention Wifi Connectivity and entertainment.

RwandAir CEO John Mirenge enjoying a flight on the new aircraft

RwandAir CEO John Mirenge enjoying a flight on the new aircraft

The aircraft is equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines.

Mirenge believes as RwandAir looks to introduce wide body aircraft for the first time into the airline’s fleet, its proven economics, reliability and passenger comfort; the A330 will perfectly support plans to expand into Europe and Asia, enhance regional presence, open up new routes and grow market share.

To date the A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, has attracted more than 1,500 orders and around 1,200 A330s are flying worldwide with over 100 operators.

Ever since the original A330-300 entered service, its hallmarks are its very efficient operating economics, innovative cabin features, while offering passengers much wider economy-class seats than any competing aircraft.

With numerous product improvements and with an operational reliability of 99.4 percent, the A330 is the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class.

Hadi Akoum, a senior official at Airbus said, “RwandAir will stimulate tourism on Africa even more.”

Infrastructure Minister James Musoni said the new airbus increases RwandAir’s fleet to 9 aircrafts ready to connect to huge markets in the world.


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