In a first for aviation in East Africa, RwandAir will take delivery of an Airbus A330-200 in Toulouse in France today. The new A330 is the first of two to join the growing RwandAir fleet.
After a formal handover ceremony, the first of two A330’s – the next is a A330-300 – will fly to Entebbe in Uganda tomorrow (Wednesday, 28 September) where it will be showcased to travel agents, corporate clients and local media.
The Airbus A330 is the world’s most successful wide body plane with a market share just short of 67%. The two new aircraft will feature three class cabin layouts. The A330-200 will have 244 seats (20 business class, 21 premium and 203 economy class) and the A330-300 will have 274 seats (30 business class, 21 premium and 223 economy class). The aircraft will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines.
“As we look to introduce wide body aircraft for the first time into our fleet, with its proven economics, reliability and passenger comfort, we have found the A330 to perfectly support our plans to expand into Europe and Asia, to enhance our regional presence, to open up new routes and to grow our market share,” says John Mirenge, Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir.
From Kigali as its hub in the heart of Africa, RwandAir is one of the fastest growing airlines and operates one of the youngest fleets on the African continent. The airline, which is also well reputed for an excellent on time performance, reaches out to eighteen cities in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa and the Middle East.