Monday, July 1, 2013

► RWANDA: Rwandair still eyes 17+ aircraft by 2015 with plans to further boost African coverage this year.

RwandAirOn the occasion of his airline taking delivery of its second B737-700 (MSN 30726 | 9XR-WK) on Friday 28 June, RwandAir's (WB) maverick CEO, John Mirenge, says he still plans to increase the fleet to at least seventeen aircraft by 2015 with plans to add "several African, Asian and Latin American countries" to its network.

RwandAir's seconf 737-700 in Kigali (Rwandair)
RwandAir's new bird in Kigali (Rwandair)
Speaking in Kigali, Mr Mirenge said plans were in the pipeline to launch daily flights to various African capitals with Abidjan now listed among the new destinations planned.
"Apart from the recently established flights to South Africa and Ghana, we are also targeting Douala (Cameroun), Juba (South Sudan), Abuja (Nigeria) this year, Harare (Zimbabwe) next year," Mirenge said.
Source [Focus]

Recently, Accra, Ghana was also added to the carrier's growing regional network.

Mr Mirenge further added that the 737-700 aircraft, while helping consolidate the newly launched African routes, will also enable the airline to reach further places, "including southern Europe." Previous reports out of Kigali indicated that government was mulling bringing forward RwandAir's initial public offering (IPO) by a full five years, to this year as a means of funding Mr Mirenge's ambitious plans.