KAMPALA, SEPTEMBER28 – Entebbe International will be the first stop for Rwandair’s new Airbus A330 that was handed over to the carrier last evening. Departing from Toulouse at 2am Ugandan time today, Ubumwe registration 9XR-WN, the first of two A330’s for the carrier is schedule to first land at Entebbe for a ceremonial introduction to travel agents, media and corporate clients before proceeding to Kigali for a rapturous welcome by the Rwandan public.
A first for Rwandair and indeed Uganda but symbolic comeback for Airbus which lost a foothold in the region after Kenya Airways retired its Airbus A310’ in the early 2000’s, Rwandair’s Airbus fleet is only the second in the region after Ethiopian’s A350’s for which the carrier has another 12 on order.
Rwandair will use the pair of A330’2, the second of which arrives in November to open new routes to Asia and the Indian sub-continent. The development transforms Rwandair from a small player on the African aviation scene into a true mainline carrier and adds competition on the East Africa – China market.
As has happened on Dubai, Rwandair’s clients can expect fairer fares and the comfort of flying the youngest fleet in the region.