Rwanda: RwandAir set to launch Kigali-London non-stop flight

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan flag carrier RwandAir Express will start direct fight between Kigali and London, in the United Kingdom, from May 2017, an official statement made available on Wednesday to PANA in Kigali said.

It said that the Rwandan carrier will operate three flights a week to London Gatwick International Airport using Airbus A330

The Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir, John Mirenge, was quoted by the statement as saying that London, one of the world’s leading financial centers, will become RwandAir’s first European and second long haul route.

"We are delighted to enable new and seamless connections between London and the whole of our network offering our esteemed customers a differentiated product in terms of comfort, good customer services and affordability," he said.

RwandAir has already announced that flights to Mumbai, India and Harare, Zimbabwe, will commence in the first week of next month.

According to the statement London will be RwandAir’s 22 destination.

With the acquisition of three 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, reports said.

The airline plans to acquire its fourth Boeing 737-800NG and also to expand its wings to  Bamako in Mali, Conakry in Guinea, Lilongwe in Malawi and New York in the U.S.A, according to the statement.

In recent years, the carrier has grown from a virtual carrier leasing its entire fleet, to operating its own which now consists of two B737-700s, two B737-800s, two CRJ-900s, two Dash 8-400s.

The airline has been in talks with Ethiopian Airlines and Etihad Airways over the planned sale of a 49% stake in the growing  East African carrier.
-0- PANA TWA/MA 29March2017

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