Rwandair: 11 Airplanes, 650,000 passengers 19 destinations and more to come

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AS the sun sets on the year 2016, Rwanda aviation industry, particularly RwandAir, is basking in glee following a year well spent, at least in terms of capacity building for the national carrier. Besides the new policies announced by cabinet to streamline the aviation sector activities, like cargo handling and logistics, this year the airline has laid a firm foundation […]

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Africa: Rwandair Second Airbus A330-Umurage- arrives Kigali as it spreads it wings afar

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Plans by RwandAir to enter the US and European aviation markets have been strengthened by the acquisition of another Airbus 330-300 that arrives in the country today. The airline’s officials said the plane, Christened Umurage, is expected to land at the Kigali International Airport today at 4pm local time. John Mirenge, the RwandAir chief executive, said the Airbus manufacturer handed […]

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Aviation: While Uganda ponders Rwanda and Kenya dominates its Airspace

On September 28, a brand new Airbus 330-200 touched down at Entebbe International Airport from Paris, France. On the tarmac, at the airport, to welcome the new aircraft were several diplomats, Ministry of Works and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officials. It cannot be mistaken to have been purchased by the Uganda government for the proposed revamping of Uganda Airlines. […]

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Zimbabwe’s Belinda, Minister Mzembi, Ethiopian Airlines and others win Africa Travel Awards 2016

It was not a surprise that the former head of Marketing for Zimbabwe Tourism Authority late Belinda Muthinhiri who died last month was chosen as the Africa Tourism personality of the year by voters from all over Africa. She was credited as one of the early promoters of Intra Africa Tourism. She is not the only winner for the only […]

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Aviation: Ambitious RwandAir goes for more Airbus Aircraft including A350 to reach Europe and the US

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Six-year-old RwandAir has grown to become a major force among African airlines as the economy of its home country booms two decades after one of history’s bloodiest genocides killed more than a million people. Now, following its recent acceptance of its first widebody aircraft in the form of an Airbus A330-200 delivered direct from Airbus, RwandAir stands ready to open […]

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Aviation in Africa still promising, says agency

By Joe Ombuor According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast, the upward progression will result from huge economic growth and investment in many African countries. The revelation came up during deliberations at the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) headquarters in Nairobi in the run up to the Aviation Stakeholders Convention in Rwanda next month. Stakeholders said the role of […]

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Why Rwandair chose to merge with ET instead of Etihad

RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines expect in the next few months to formally establish a strategic partnership that would see the two African carriers working closely together. Under the terms of a deal provisionally reached earlier this month, Ethiopian Airlines will acquire a 49 percent stake in the smaller RwandAir, giving it the opportunity to create a new east African hub […]

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EAC launches New Intl. E-passport, Vision 2050

To further integrate the region and foster even development among member states, Heads of States of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to launch a new internal e-passport for the region. East African will begin using new EAC electronic passports from January next year, after Heads of State from the member countries launched the international travel document at the […]

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Aviation players to convene in Kigali

Aviation stakeholders will meet in Kigali, Rwanda from 07-09 May 2016 at the 5th Aviation Stakeholders Convention. The conference is being organised by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in partnership with RwandAir with the view to fostering dialogue, building sustainable networks in supply chain management, creating a competitive environment for aviation business in the continent. Convened under the patronage of […]

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Rwanda and Ethiopia the model States of Africa go into partnership

LAST week, Rwanda and Ethiopia inked an aviation deal that on the surface looks routine, but which could be emblematic of a quiet yet significant shift in the nature of the region’s geopolitics, positioning the two states as growing players in a continent currently bereft of a clear strong leader. The agreement, whose biggest takeaway was the fifth freedom rights, […]

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