RwandAir first in Africa to order Airbus A330
The agreement makes RwandAir a new Airbus customer and the first airline in East Africa to order the A330. RwandAir's A330s will be delivered in the second half of 2016 and will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines.
"As we look to introduce wide body aircraft for the first time into our fleet, with its proven economics, reliability and passenger comfort, we have found the A330 to perfectly support our plans to expand into Europe and Asia, to enhance our regional presence, to open up new routes and to grow our market share," said John Mirenge, chief executive officer of RwandAir.
"We are delighted that RwandAir has confirmed its confidence in the A330, and are extremely pleased to welcome them as a new A330 customer," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
Rwanda's flagship carrier will deploy the new A330 aircraft on medium and long haul routes from their Kigali home base to long-haul destinations throughout Europe, the Middle-East and Asia.
The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, has now attracted almost 1,500 orders, with over 1,150 aircraft flying with more than 100 operators worldwide. The A330 is one of the world's most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics, averaging dispatch reliability well above 99 percent. ■