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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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Maybe already reported before but missed it somewhere.
The A330-900, what happend to them?

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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Kapitein wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 15:57 Maybe already reported before but missed it somewhere.
The A330-900, what happend to them?
RwandAir won't leased them, like for the two planned B737Max due to Covid crisis. One A330Neo is stored at Chateauroux (France) and the other one at Toulouse.

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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rwandan-flyer wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 20:49
Kapitein wrote: 03 Apr 2021, 15:57 Maybe already reported before but missed it somewhere.
The A330-900, what happend to them?
RwandAir won't leased them, like for the two planned B737Max due to Covid crisis. One A330Neo is stored at Chateauroux (France) and the other one at Toulouse.
Thx for the explanation

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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Your welcome

After a long period of storage (a time stored in Zimbabwe then in Rwanda) one of RwandAir's B737-700 9XR-WJs carried out a test flight a week ago. The plane back to the service today: Kigali-Douala-Bangui. This aircraft has been leased to ILFC since 2013 (delivered new to Air Berlin in 2007)

https://fr.flightaware.com/live/flight/ ... /HRYR/HRYR

An article on Qatar Airways' Africa strategy published by Jeune Afrique in October 2020 is now open access. I put the part that talks about RwandAir.

Basically RwandAir can theoretically fly between Doha and Kigali, replacing QR, it will depend on the business plan.

They want to rationalize the fleet (bybe bye the B737s?) clean up the network to enable to RwandAir to become profitable (no more flights to Europe? Or future flights to the USA?).

Note that flights to Juba (South Sudan), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Dakar (Senegal) and Tel Aviv do not have resume. While routes to on Conakry (Guinea) and Bamako (Mali) I doubt that they will open. In my opinion the Cotonou hub or base where 2 B737-700s were based and allowed flights to French-speaking West Africa countries (Dakar, Abidjan then, Bamako and Conakry) should not resume

After having acquired 60% of the new Kigali airport at the end of 2019, you are about to take 49% of the capital of Rwandair. How do you include the latter in your strategy?

It is with the other shareholder, the Rwandan government, that it will be explained, the day the transaction is finalized. The business plan is being prepared. Kigali has a very interesting geographical position in Africa, which allows us to access more markets and distribute traffic there from Europe, Asia or America.

It offers a continuation on secondary cities in Africa which do not have sufficient flows to justify non-stop flights from Doha. Rwanda's tourism potential is also significant. Having Rwandair in the Qatar Airways family and its holdings, including British Airways, Iberia, Cathay Pacific, TAP Portugal, can boost it even more.

Isn't Kigali too close to Addis Ababa and Nairobi, which benefit from two major carriers and already drain a lot of traffic?

Maybe Kigali is too close to Addis and Nairobi for Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways. For us, this is not the case. We are not focused on our competitors but on our customers. We want fair competition and access to their market. They are also welcome in Doha.


Could you fly Qatar Airways planes with Rwandair flight numbers to bypass the blockade?

The illegality of this blockade was confirmed in July 2020 by the International Court of Justice in The Hague. We intend to work clearly for the customer by using Qatar Airways planes on Qatar Airways flights and Rwandair planes on Rwandair flights. We do not want to circumvent the system, but that justice be done. The business plan will decide whether Qatar Airways or Rwandair will operate the flight between Kigali and Doha. Theoretically, Rwandair can do it.


Rwandair has lost $ 50 million a year since its inception. How to make a profitable company?

By making more revenue and spending less money. To do this, we have to rationalize the fleet, take a very close look at the network design and revenue management tools.

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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rwandan-flyer wrote: 04 Apr 2021, 19:00 Your welcome

After a long period of storage (a time stored in Zimbabwe then in Rwanda) one of RwandAir's B737-700 9XR-WJs carried out a test flight a week ago. The plane back to the service today: Kigali-Douala-Bangui. This aircraft has been leased to ILFC since 2013 (delivered new to Air Berlin in 2007)

https://fr.flightaware.com/live/flight/ ... /HRYR/HRYR
It is now stored in Palma de Mallorca so it seems that the aircraft was phased out. It was not Air Berlin the 1st operator of this 737 but TUIFly, misateke from me.

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... j#274cd6a9

A trip report quite recent onboard of a RwandAir B737-700 from 2:54. The flight was Kigali Kinshasa but the person was arriving from South Africa.

Flight Attendants announcements in Kinyarwanda, it's not every day that you can hear that (from 06:44) 8-) followed by Eng and French announcements



My First trip to DR Congo Kinshasa via Kigali after so many years being outside during Covid-19 time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtWz75X01Ek&t=504s


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The A330Neo and B737Max will not be delivered but already had their Rwandan registrations. The 4 had to be leased

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The RwandAir fleet as 04/08/2021:

4 B737-800 (2 leased 9XR-WR / WQ)
1 B737-700 (leased)
2 CRJ-900ER (RwandAir is the owner)
2 A330 (RwandAir is the owner)
2 Q400NG (1 leased (9XR-WM) and the other RwandAir is the owner)


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Note that in the past, RwandAir planned to buy a B737-300 coming from KLM and 2 B787 called "terrible teens" (Ex Royal Air Maroc).

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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Yesterday The Ambassador of Qatar to Rwanda visited the Minister of Infrastructure of Rwanda. Note the presence of Yvonne Makolo the CEO of RwandAir. Surely the final details before the official annoucement of the partnership between Qatar Airways and RwandAir.

Speaking of Qatar Airways, the Kigali-Doha flight will be operated under JetBlue code share, as soon as the various civil aviation authorities (Qatar and Rwanda) have given their agreement. https://gulfbusiness.com/qatar-airways- ... us-cities/

In terms of ... code share Rwanda is well served. Note that KLM (code share since ?? 1st flight on KGL in 2010), Egyptair (code share since 2010, 1st flight on KGL in 2019) and Turkish Airlines (code share since 2011, 1st flight on KGL in 2012) had started to do code share before coming with their own planes to Kigali. Maybe among the airlines listed someof them will come to Kigali ...



Brussels Airlines (BRU-KGL)

Hainan Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, RwandAir

Ethiopian Airlines (ADD-KGL)

Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Air India, Lufthansa, Egyptair, RwandAir. Previously SAA before returning to Kigali in 2012 and British Midland Airlines

KLM (AMS-KGL)

Air France, Delta Airlines

Kenya Airways (NBO-KGL)

Etihad Airways

Qatar Airways DOH-KGL

Iberia, JetBlue (coming soon), British Airways, Royal Air Maroc

RwandAir


ProFlight Zambia, South African Airways, Precisionair (Tanzania)

Back the Ambassador's visit


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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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RwandAir's 2nd B737-700 was withdrawn from the fleet on 04/18/2021Q. He is currently in Palma, awaiting a conversion.

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Kamembe airport has just been modernized again (new terminal and new control tower in 2013, asphalt runway a few years ago). The airport can now be opened 24 hours a day thanks to the installation of lighting. Landing aids have also been installed. This airport is located on the border between Rwanda and DR Congo. It is mainly used by people traveling to or living in Bukavu, DR Congo. Bukavu airport (800,000 inhabitants) is quite far from Bukavu and is not connected to Kinshasa. So a lot of Congolese (s), humanitarian workers pass Kamembe to then take a flight to Kigali either with RwandAir or Egytpair, Ethiopian, Qatar Airways, Brussels Airlines or KLM. There are also tourists who come to visit Nyungwe forest or Rusizi Park.

Before the pandemic, RwandAir carried out 1 to 2 flights per day, in Q400. We went to 3 flights per week. It is RwandAir's only domestic line since the closure of the Kigali Gisenyi line, still in the process of being taken over.

Note that this is the oldest airport in Rwanda. At the time of Belgian colonization (Ruanda Urundi), La Sabena landed its DC3s there which linked Usumbura (now Bujumbura, capital of Burundi) because the DC6s could not land at KME, in order to have a Brussels Kamembe.

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Otherwise, it would seem that RwandAir will either open Brazzaville-Kigali or Kinshasa-Bangui, obviously coming from a strong demand coming mainly from Central Africans. Since the stop of the TAAG Angola Luanda-Bangui line, CAR is no longer connected to the 2 Congos. To see if RwandAir will remove the Kigali-Douala-Bangui routing

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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rwandan-flyer wrote: 24 Apr 2021, 21:25 Kamembe airport has just been modernized again (new terminal and new control tower in 2013, asphalt runway a few years ago). The airport can now be opened 24 hours a day thanks to the installation of lighting. Landing aids have also been installed. This airport is located on the border between Rwanda and DR Congo. It is mainly used by people travelling to or living in Bukavu, DR Congo.

Note that this is the oldest airport in Rwanda. At the time of Belgian colonization (Ruanda Urundi), La Sabena landed its DC3s there which linked Usumbura (now Bujumbura, capital of Burundi) because the DC6s could not land at KME, in order to have a Brussels Kamembe.

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Thanks for those lessons of history.

How easy is it to cross the border between DRC and Rwanda (in both directions)? Passport, vaccination, other documents?
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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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sn26567 wrote: 24 Apr 2021, 21:45
rwandan-flyer wrote: 24 Apr 2021, 21:25 Kamembe airport has just been modernized again (new terminal and new control tower in 2013, asphalt runway a few years ago). The airport can now be opened 24 hours a day thanks to the installation of lighting. Landing aids have also been installed. This airport is located on the border between Rwanda and DR Congo. It is mainly used by people travelling to or living in Bukavu, DR Congo.

Note that this is the oldest airport in Rwanda. At the time of Belgian colonization (Ruanda Urundi), La Sabena landed its DC3s there which linked Usumbura (now Bujumbura, capital of Burundi) because the DC6s could not land at KME, in order to have a Brussels Kamembe.

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Thanks for those lessons of history.

How easy is it to cross the border between DRC and Rwanda (in both directions)? Passport, vaccination, other documents?
Rwanda DR Congo border is partially open with restrictions. This is the only land border open for Rwanda. https://www.garda.com/fr/crisis24/alert ... -update-18


Borders with Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania are closed for all non Rwandans. Opened only for goods and cargo traffic and people living in Rwanda https://crisis24.garda.com/insights-int ... -update-17

No surprise RwandAir suspends its flights to Mumbai Note that one RwandAir 737-700 stored at Palma flown back to Kigali yesterday: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/9xr-wj

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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Rwandan Aviation News:

Qatar Airways (flight today operated by B777-300ER) and KLM are increasing their number of flights this week to Kigali. The 2 airlines will offer 5 flights per week. Before covid, these 2 airlines served Kigali daily.

A delegation from Uganda Airlines was in Kigali in mid April 2021, with a view to opening a route between Entebbe and Kigali. Since the end of Air Uganda, RwandAir has a monopoly on this line which is operated in double touch with Nairobi and Juba (South Sudan). Before the crisis it was 3 to 4 flights a day which is high in Africa. https://www.facebook.com/uhckigali/post ... 0471425281

Back to RwandAir:

RwandAir flights to Johannesburg will resume on May 7, 2021 (3 flights per week). KGL JNB is the company's oldest route. In April 2023 we will celebrate the 20 years of the route https://www.facebook.com/FlyRwandAir/po ... 4046012145

It seems that RwandAir will open flights between Bangui and Kinshasa. Routing: Kigali-Kinshasa-Bangui and not via Brazzaville as it was previoulsy announced. Bangui is still be served 3 times a week, but 2 times via Douala and once via Kinshasa

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Re: RwandAir in 2021

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RwandAir has resumed its services to Lusaka on 07 May 2021, with services to Harare and Cape Town to resume a week later.
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