RwandAir, Rwanda’s national airline, has just confirmed that the delivery of yet another brand new Bombardier aircraft, a Q400NextGen, is due by end February 2014.
The new next generation turboprop aeroplane will be offering passengers a two class option, with business class and economy class, extending a front cabin throughout the entire fleet. The new Q400 will replace the wet leased Bombardier Dash 8-100, which will be returned to ALS in Nairobi at the end of the lease period. With 67 seats and a speed not much lower than a jet aircraft, can the new bird be deployed across the entire region, besides of course serving RwandAir’s only domestic destination outside Kigali, Cyangugu / Kamembe on the border with Congo’s town of Bukavu
RwandAir’s CEO John Mirenge on the occasion of confirming the arrival date of RwandAir’s latest acquisition, said: ‘Beginning the year 2014 with the arrival of our Bombardier Q-400 NEXTGEN puts us in the position to surpass the impressive targets we set for ourselves with ease as the introduction of the increased number of seats as well as the business class option meets the demands of our domestic market. It also allows RwandAir to embrace its long term expansion goal while staying on target to grow our fleet to seventeen by the year 2020’.
The airline also confirmed that Douala flights will be launched very likely in March 2014, adding the 16th destination to RwandAir’s growing reach across the continent before adding Abidjan later next year.