Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier, RwandAir Express, on Tuesday vowed to implement its safety programmes, in both airport and passenger operations, in line with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), according to an official statement, obtained here by PANA.
It said the safety programme would be completed by December 2016, adding that IATA has already presented the airline with two certificates for IOSA operator and an IATA member airline following a rigorous safety audit of the airline's operations that was conducted last year.
While IOSA is an internationally-accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.
ISAGO aims to improve safety and cut airline costs by drastically reducing ground accidents and injuries.
Speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir, Jean Paul Nyirubutama, noted that while RwandAir operates one of the smallest fleets in Africa, it is well reputed for excellence on time performance, safety, and customer services.
"From Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir currently reaches out to 17 cities in West, East and Southern Africa and the Middle East," Nyirubutama was quoted in a statement as saying.
By 2020, RwandAir plans to have a fleet of about 20 aircraft, reports said.
With the acquisition of two triple-class, wide-bodied A330 aircraft, the airline is also looking to link Rwanda with Asia, starting with China, specifically to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing and India through Mumbai, according to the reports.
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