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sn26567 wrote: 24 May 2021, 15:37
Not confirmed by the airline!
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TLspotting wrote: 24 May 2021, 15:42
sn26567 wrote: 24 May 2021, 15:37
Not confirmed by the airline!
Which airline: RwandAir or Air Belgium?
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sn26567 wrote: 24 May 2021, 15:37
Wait and see.. not confirmed. (also a lot of 333 to lease on a lower price)

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RwandAir already said few month ago that they won't add A330Neo leased from ALC. So i guess that Airbus has already a new customer.

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The Netherlands have lifted their restrictions on travel to Rwanda for the Dutch. There were no restrictions for Rwandans traveling to the Netherlands since Rwanda is on the EU green list.

I have learned that before the Covid19, the Netherlands was the 3rd market (I think outside Africa) in terms of tourism for Rwanda. Logically behind the USA, the United Kingdom and therefore ahead of India and Belgium (the former colonial power with Germany)
KLM should be happy to be able to fill its A330s in Kigali more and more often with point-to-point traffic which should be on the rise, before covid19: mrgreen:

The only domestic rout Kigali-Kamembe is now operated on a daily basis: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/wb601

Rare, Ethiopian used a widebody aircraft on his night flight to Kigali (a 787 on May 29, 2021). Usually these flights are operated in Q400 or B737. widebody aircraft come to Kigali are on the daylight flight.
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4 of the 10 largest companies in North America are doing code share on Kigali: Air Canada, Delta and United have just been joined by JetBlue (DOH-Kigali). Note that Delta has now put its DL code on the Nairobi-Kigali flight operated by Kenya Airways (connection on KQ's JFK-NBO flight) in addition to the code share with KLM on AMS-KGL.

LATAM has also just added its LA code on Doha-Kigali flights. Maybe LATAM estimated that the number of pax going to Kigali was interesting enough to put its code there. Iberia, and Royal Air Maroc have also code share agreements with Qatar Airways on the DOH-KGL, but they are missing.



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But the record in number of code share to Kigali, it is Ethiopian: Air India, Egytpair, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines. Flightats did not show Turkish Airlines and RwandAir, but they do code share on Kigali-Addis.

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Following the eruption of Nyragongo last week. Flights to or from West or Central Africa still making detours to avoid the ashes. Like here with the flight RwandAir Abuja (Nigeria) -Lagos (Nigeria) -Kigali (Rwanda (flight of May 28, 2021) https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... r#27dcc84c

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The East African is a Journal which often has reliables sources.

Negotiations between Qatar Airways and RwandAir stalled on staff. Qatar Airways will send RwandAir staff to Doha to learn better skills. There will be RwandAir personnel who will be fired (less qualified personnel).

In terms of human resources, Qatar Airways would like to put it staff for it, but RwandAir is not very agree and would like to keep only its current staff.

The deal will be signed by the end of 2021.

Qatar, RwandAir deadlocked on staffing but deal is still on

The acquisition deal between Qatar Airways and Rwanda's national carrier RwandAir is still on, with those aware of the latest plans saying internal re-organization is going on at the national airline to accommodate Qatar Airways to reflect the new partnership in operations by end of this year .

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/bu ... on-3421312

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Al Bakker is always dithyrambic when he talks about African Aviation and RwandAir.

Qatar Airways CEO Sees Huge Potential In RwandAir Partnership
: https://simpleflying.com/qatar-airways-ceo-rwandair/

Noted that there are also possibilities of partnership between Air Cote d'Ivoire and Qatar Airways.


Ivory Coast: How Qatar Airways intends to compete with Emirates
https://translate.google.com/translate? ... e-divoire/



QR could therefore rely on 3 hubs in Africa: Casablanca, Abidjan and Kigali

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#Rwanda has deployed sniffer dogs to detect # Covid19 at the Kigali International Airport. Data indicates that the dogs can identify the virus at an efficacy rate of up to 94%.

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/how-cov ... P62eLghzeL


Surprise visit this week by an Air Austral B777-300ER F-OLRE at Kigali. It was operating a flight from La Réunion to Kigali for the French Red Cross to bring food and medicine for the victims of the eruption of Nyragongo which took place a few days ago

Thanks to Carlin (Indian spotter living in Kigali) and an Air Austral crew member for the photos

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Rare to see Turkish Airlines during the daylight at Kigali, but big delay (more than 6 hours) on 3Jun21. This flight was supposed to be operated by a B737, but it was operated by an A330-300. Only the flight overnight from Saturday to Sunday is currently operated by A330-300. Thansk again to Carlin, for the pix

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Finally, the 2020 Rwanda Statistical YearBook but before covid with sometimes old stats. https://www.statistics.gov.rw/publicati ... rbook-2020

However i wanted to share them.

2019:

Kamembe Airport: 20 559 pax
Kigali Airport: 1 124 908 pax (853 894 + 291 274)

Total Rwanda: 1 145 867 pax

From 2015 to 2019, Air trafic passengers has almost been multiplied by 2, in Rwanda. However many people coming in Rwanda still arriving by land and not by plane. Rwanda is a transit country for many people either by Air or Land. Many Travel Agencies sell tours in East Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

Arrival by Continents. Main purposes for Rwanda are VFR, Business/Conference/Official and transit ((2017). It seems that Rwanda is probably a high yield destination with not very big flux .

Africa:

1 397 019 people (almost 1 000 000 make "long" stay in Rwanda, but how many Africans can afford to fly ? 5% ? 10% . The potential is very very huge). If i remmeber DR Congo is the biggest market for Rwanda. Then Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda. I heard also Nigeria

Europe:

75 297 people. UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany are normally argest markets for Rwanda

America:

46 756 people. USA and Canada leading

Asia:

46 418. India, China, Japan and Australia are normally largest markets for Rwanda. There are also more and more South Koreans, they work mostly for Koreans NGOs

South Asia: 27 478 people East Asia: 15 868 people Middle East: 3 072 people

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RwandAir doesn't serve New York

RwandAir Dream miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club launch loyalty partnership

RwandAir has become the first - and only - Sub-Saharan African airline to launch a loyalty partnership with Qatar Airways.

The two carriers have joined forces to offer RwandAir Dream Miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club loyalty members access to each other’s destinations with the opportunity to ‘earn and burn’ points across their reciprocal route networks.

Under the new deal, RwandAir Dream Miles members will be able to fly to more than 140 Qatar Airways destinations using miles earned by flights bought through RwandAir.

Qatar Airways Privilege Club members will have the ability to earn miles on RwandAir’s flights, both within Africa and on long-haul routes, to destinations such as New York and London.

https://www.arabianaerospace.aero/rwand ... rship.html

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rwandan-flyer wrote: 12 Jul 2021, 14:45 RwandAir doesn't serve New York

RwandAir Dream miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club launch loyalty partnership

Qatar Airways Privilege Club members will have the ability to earn miles on RwandAir’s flights, both within Africa and on long-haul routes, to destinations such as New York and London.
Does the press release come from RwandAir or from Qatar? In the first case, it's surprising that the airline doesn't know its own destinations.
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sn26567 wrote: 12 Jul 2021, 16:56
rwandan-flyer wrote: 12 Jul 2021, 14:45 RwandAir doesn't serve New York

RwandAir Dream miles and Qatar Airways Privilege Club launch loyalty partnership

Qatar Airways Privilege Club members will have the ability to earn miles on RwandAir’s flights, both within Africa and on long-haul routes, to destinations such as New York and London.
Does the press release come from RwandAir or from Qatar? In the first case, it's surprising that the airline doesn't know its own destinations.
From RwandAir...https://www.rwandair.com/media-center/n ... nt-fliers/

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Some stats (before covid19), mainly 2019.

Brussels-Kigali:

2019: 93,557 pax (Brussels Airlines: 5-6 flights per week tag with Entebbe + RwandAir 3-4 flights per week tag with London Gatwick. SN and WB is A330-200 / 300)

Amsterdam-Kigali:

2019: 65,781 pax (daily KLM via Entebbe, in A330-200 / 300)

Dubai-Kigali:

2018: 42,000 pax (daily in B737-800 or A330-200 / 300) https://www.newtimes.co.rw/news/rwandai ... e-dubai-17

Mumbai-Kigali :

2019: 29,384 pax (RwandAir 4 flights per week in B737-800 until June 18, 2019. Then then 3 flights per week in A330-200 / 300):

Jan-Mar: 2836 + 3806
Apr-Jun: 4122 + 5738
July-Sept: 2661 + 3115
Oct-Dec: 3682 + 3424

For India the figures on the left are traffic to India and the figures on the right are traffic from India: https://www.dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/ ... ervicename

London Gatwick-Kigali:

2019: 28,504 pax (RwandAir 3-4 flights per week in A330-200 / 300). Flights on Heathrow now

In my opinion on Europe (London and Brussels), RwandAir should be around 45,000 pax in 2019

Routesonline said that O&D traffic between Heathrow Kigali was 23,240 pax in 2019 (+ 7.7% vs 2018). It's certainly not huge, but I thought this number smaller. https://www.routesonline.com/news/29/br ... k-lax-cun/


Mumbai-Guangzhou:

2019: 14,026 pax ( RwandAir 3 flights per week in A330-200 / 300)

Apr-Jun: 543 + 458 (1st BOM-CAN flight on June 18, 2019)
July-Sept: 3234 + 2556
Oct-Dec: 3399 + 3236

https://www.dgca.gov.in/digigov-portal/ ... ervicename

Interventions of RwandAir CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo in recent days

CAPA Live: https://simpleflying.com/rwandair-fleet-doubled/
Qatar Economic Forum: Qatar Airways, Boeing, International Airlines Group, Rwandair CEOs on the Future of Flying [/ b] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X86wogaH7dg


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A report from a Rwandan website about pax traveling on flights between Brussels and Kigali, operated by RwandAir.

Loads seem to be good (even if this is not a guarantee of profitability and that even before covid the RwandAir was not profitable).

Ayway what is interesting is that currently the most popular destinations from Brussels with RwandAir are:

Kigali (Rwanda), then Kinshasa (DR Congo), Bujumbura (Burundi). The 3 former Belgium colonies. More surprisingly, Bangui (Central African Republic) and Accra (Ghana).

Some Rwandans arrive from some cities in Europe pass through Brussels to travel with RwandAir. Others have decided to fly with RwandAir since the airline serves London Heathrow with the possibility of making connections with flights to the USA and Canada.

https://translate.google.com/translate? ... 21.twitter

Otherwise we are "close" to an announcement about the opening of a route to Luanda (Angola)


Jul 16
@FlyRwandAir
When are you guys flying to Luanda-Angola
RwandAir
@FlyRwandAir
Hi PK, Luanda route is in our plan. The commencement date will be communicated in due course. Thank you "

https://twitter.com/FlyRwandAir/status/ ... 8624950278

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