Rwanda’s national carrier, Rwandair has secured a deal to spread its wings to India connecting the Asian community in East Africa to Asia.
At the beginning of September 2016, RwandAir will start direct flights connecting Mumbai with Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali.
The airline says, this new connectivity is expected to reduce the flight time to 7 hours, with a stopover at Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania’s capital.
The honorary representative of Rwanda Development Board to India, Clarence Fernandes, said, “Dar-es – Salaam in Tanzania is home to Indian community and has not been connected yet.”
Fernandes added that; “As demand increases, we shall increase the seating capacity up to 274, with A330-300 with revised configuration (30 seats of Business class, 21 Premium and 223 Economy).
Currently, travelers have to take connecting flights from Nairobi, Addis Ababa then to Doha.
Upon commencement of its flights, Rwandair will run four weekly flights with its newly acquired aircraft, the A330-200, with a seating capacity of 244 seats; effectively spread over three classes-20 seats of Business class, 21 Premium and 203 Economy.
Rwandair is regarded as the fastest growing airline in Africa, flying to an increasing number of destinations across Africa and Middle East.
The airline recently passed the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit, and acquired IOSA certificate.