Rwanda: RwandAir to launch flights to Europe, Asia by 2016

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir Express, plans to extend its services to Europe and Asia by next year, according to an official statement issued in Kigali on Tuesday.

This follows the signing of an aircraft purchase agreement worth US$160 million with Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank).

The statement said that the two new aircraft had been designed by Airbus SAS to seat between 244 and 268 passengers in a move that that would enable Rwanda Airline to expand its existing routes to other continents across the globe.

The acquisition of the two wide-body aircraft would significantly increase RwandAir’s capacity to effectively meet growing demand and provide exceptional service quality for the ever growing long distance routes to Asia passenger markets, the statement said.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir, John Mirenge, said: "On behalf of the airline, we are honoured to have PTA Bank as our long-term and dependable partner in supporting our growth strategy.

"The new acquisition shall enable us to enhance and spread our world-class product and services beyond our current foot print."

The Rwandan airline currently flies to 13 countries: Nairobi (Kenya), Entebbe (Uganda), Mombasa (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi), Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Jubba (South Sudan), Libreville (Gabon), Douala (Cameroon), Brazzaville (Congo) and Lusaka (Zambia).
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08 september 2015 20:20:34




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