RwandAir & Turkish Airlines sign codeshare agreement

A new Rwandair Airbus A330 arrives at Kigali airport at night.
Photo Credit: Rwandair

The Rwandan flag carrier RwandAir and Turkish flag carrier Turkish Airlines have signed a new landmark codeshare agreement, further helping RwandAir expand its global reach

The new codeshare partnership will offer RwandAir’s customers greater travel choices and seamless connection possibilities in both airlines’ hubs of Kigali and Istanbul, offering Africa an even greater global connectivity.

Similarly, customers of the Turkish national carrier will enjoy the benefits on an extended African continental network.

The Agreement

Rwanda’s flag carrier RwandAir and Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkey, signed the initial agreement on April 11, thus further expanding RwandAir’s global reach.

RwandAir customers travelling from Africa can now enjoy easy access to the over 300 worldwide destinations in Turkish Airlines’ extensive network, giving the continent of Africa an even greater global connectivity.

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A319 lines up on the runway.
Photo Credit: Piotr Bozyk/AviationSource

The customers travelling with Turkish Airlines can also benefit from the codeshare agreement, with customers arriving in Kigali now having access to a smooth onwards connection across the African network RwandAir has to offer.

Turkish Airlines does currently offer daily flights between Istanbul and RwandAir’s Kigali base.

The agreement follows RwandAir’s recently launched codeshare agreements with major carriers such as Qatar Airways (QR) and British Airways (BA).



On the agreement, RwandAir CEO Yvonne Makolo said the following:

“We are incredibly excited to have signed this new codeshare agreement with one the world’s largest and leading carriers, Turkish Airlines.”

“This landmark move will not only allow our customers to access the 124 countries served by Turkish Airlines, but will improve connections for inbound travellers to Africa via our extensive continental network.”

“RwandAir is always exploring new commercial opportunities to expand its reach into markets which can deliver financial return and benefit our growing customer base.”

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 national 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 currently 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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