Rwandair expands fleet with widebody Airbus A330

A new Rwandair Airbus A330 arrives at Kigali airport at night.
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RwandAir has expanded its fleet with the delivery of its third long-haul aircraft. The Airbus A330-200, registered 9XR-WX, is based at the carrier’s Kigali hub, and will offer the flag carrier’s customers a leading experience in the skies.

Long-haul expansion

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The aircraft will allow the Rwandan carrier to further expand its long-haul operation, with additional flights operating between Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Customers will be able to choose from 30 seats in Business Class and 222 seats in Economy Class, giving a greater choice of flexibility.

Yvonne Makolo, RwandAir CEO, said: “We are excited to be expanding our fleet further with the addition of our third long-haul aircraft. “Its addition will allow us to continue our route expansion and offer customers even more connections.”

RwandAir will operate the new wide-body aircraft to its key destinations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including London, Brussels, Lagos and Dubai.

The addition of the new Airbus will bring the African airline’s fleet to 13, consisting of three long-haul, one freighter and nine short-haul aircraft.

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First freighter aircraft

Last November, the Rwandan airline received its first dedicated freighter aircraft, as the carrier highlighted the ever-increasing importance of cargo in Rwanda and the aviation industry as a whole.

From its hub at the heart of Africa at Kigali International Airport, RwandAir is renowned for its excellent on-time performance, customer service, and safety.

RwandAir currently operates to a variety of destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

About Rwandair

RwandAir is the national airline of Rwanda, and it was established in 2002 as a small regional airline. Over the years, the airline has grown and expanded its operations to become one of the leading airlines in Africa.

Today, RwandAir operates flights to several domestic and international destinations, and it is recognized for its high-quality service, safety record, and modern fleet of aircraft.


RwandAir operates a modern fleet of aircraft, including Boeing 737s, Airbus A330s, and CRJ900s. The airline currently has a total of 14 aircraft in its fleet, with an average fleet age of 6 years.

The carrier has plans to expand its fleet in the future to meet the growing demand for air travel in the region.

The airline is committed to providing a safe and comfortable travel experience to its passengers, and it has won several awards for its safety and quality standards.

RwandAir offers services to 28 destinations across 22 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The flag carrier’s main hub is Kigali International Airport, which is located in the capital city of Rwanda. From Kigali, the airline offers flights to several destinations in Africa, including Nairobi, Entebbe, Johannesburg, and Lagos.

RwandAir also offers flights to several international destinations, including London, Brussels, Dubai, and Mumbai.

One of the unique features of RwandAir is its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. The airline has implemented several initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and to promote sustainable practices in the aviation industry.

For example, it has invested in modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, and it has implemented waste reduction and recycling programs.

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