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Kenya Airways started flights to Rwanda, in 1977, after the East African Airways collapse. KQ flies 4 times a day to Kigali, with B737s and E-JETs (Embraer 170s & 190s).


To contact Kenya Airways in Rwanda : here




Rwandan Aviation Categories (Airports Infos, RwandAir Infos, Brussels Airlines Infos,…. : here




Kenya Airways reduces flights to Rwanda, in DEC 2011, but re-introduced B737s :


21/11/2011 :


According to Amadeus, Kenya Airways will reduce flights to Kigali, from 24 DEC 2011 to 02 JAN 2011. Kenya Airways flies 4 times a day to Kigali, operated with ERJ-170s or ERJ-190s (72-92 seats).


Saturday 24 December : 3 flights a day


From Sunday 25 December to Wednesday 28 December : 2 flights a day


Thursday 29 December : 3 flights a day


Friday 30 December : 2 flights a day

Saturday 31 December : 3 flights a day


Monday 01 January 2012 : 2 flights a day

Tuesday 02 January 2012 : 3 flights a day


However, the airline has just re introduced the B737, to Kigali. The 737 doesn’t fly between 24 DEC and 01 JAN.  The Kigali Nairobi flight is operated via Bujumbura.


B737-300 : 116 seats (16 in Biz class and 100 in eco)


B737-800 : 145 seats (16 in Biz and 129 in Eco).







KQ 448

NBO : 8h35

KGL : 09h00



KQ 448

KGL: 9h50

NBO : 14h00




Astral Aviation (Kenya) to add MD 80 SF (special freighter)


14/08/2011 :


 The Kenyan cargo airline has announced that,  6 MD 80SFs will be added to its fleet, in 2012.  With MD-80SFs, the cargo capacity to Rwanda will be upragded. The airline operates a one weekly service between Nairobi and Kigali, for RwandAir, Ethiad Caro and Lufthansa Cargo, with DC 9F.


More infos about the MD-80SF : here




 Jambo Jet to fly to Rwanda ?


10/08/2011 :



A new airline in the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania & Uganda)


There is no doubt, EAC is one of African’s most dynamic region, in the aviation sector. Qatar Airways (Uganda), Etihad & Condor (Nairobi), Turkish Airlines (Rwanda) and South African Airways (Burundi & Rwanda) will start to fly in the coming month.


On August 9th, Kenya Airways CEO announced that they will launch a low cost airline in the coming month. Its name will be Jambo Jet and the airline will compete Fly540, JetLink (Kenya), Air Uganda or RwandAir.


 In recent years KQ lost the monopoly in the region on the point to point trafic, espacially in its domestic network, in Uganda and in Rwanda. On the Juba route (South Sudan), KQ is in competition with Fly540 and Jetlink.


No infos about the launching date and the fleet, but KQ recently added ERJ aircraft and will take delivery of three more ERJ190s…. this summer…..wait and see.




Kenya Airways Cargo plans to fly to Kigali :

April 2rd 2011 :


According to Coastweek, Kenya Airways Cargo will start flights to Kigali, before the end of this year. A kenyan team is in USA, to review a potential B737, to operate flights across Central and East African.  In the past, Kenya Airways provided cargo flights, but due to the low demand, the airline decided to cease flights.


In 2011, two airlines provide cargo flights between Rwanda and Kenya : Astral Aviation (for RwandAir Cargo, Etihad Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo) and Martinair Cargo (Air France-KLM) on its triangular weekly flight (Amsterdam-Kigali-Naironi-Amsterdam).



Kenya Airways adds a 5th daily flights to Kigali :

March 2nd 2011 :



From June 1st 2011, Kenya Airways will add a new morning daily connection and also a evening connection from Monday to Thursday (01MAY2011), according to Amadeus KQ has canceled the 5th daily flight):



KQ470 NBO0800 – 0825KGL E70 D
KQ478 NBO1720 – 1745KGL E70 x567

KQ479 KGL1825 – 2055NBO E70 x567


Kenya Airways introduces the ERJ-190 to Kigali

January 29th 2011 :

To add more capacity on regional destinations, Kenya Airways has leased two ERJ-190s. The first one is arrived on December 18th 2010. It mainly flies to Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.

But Kigali is now served by ERJ-190 since January 29th 2011. The flight is operated all Sundays. It leaves Nairobi at   10.55 a.m to arrive at Kigali at 1.05 p.m.   Then it leaves Kigali at 1.55 p.m to arrive at Nairobi at 4.25 p.m.

more infos about ERJ-190 : here



Kenya Airways adds a 4th daily flight to Kigali :

July 30th 2010 :

With the arrival of two ERJ-170s (5Y-KYG and KYL) leased from Finnair, Kenya Airways has added a 4th daily flight to Kigali.Flights are operated in the end of afternoon, allowing to have better connections on Kenya Airways flights.


Aircraft : E70 : ERJ 170.


KGL : Kigali


NBO : Nairobi




Days :

1 : monday

2 : tuesday

3 : wednesday

4 : thursday

5 : friday

6 : saturday

7 : sunday






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