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RwandAir CEO John Mirenge elected at the AFRAA Executive Committee.




Joe Ombouor


Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze has been elected the executive committee chairman of the Annual General Assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

AFRAA, with a membership of more than 20 air carriers, is the trade association for airlines from the African Union and has its headquarters in Nairobi. Gunze has been elected at a time KQ is sinking into losses with the latest statics revealing a soaring pre-tax loss of Sh11 billion in the last six months.

Speaking during last week’s Half-Year Investor briefing, KQ Finance Director Alex Mbugua said despite the loss, the business is going in the right direction.
He said there are short-term plans in place to revive KQ and the main focus is on reducing its operational costs.

Others elected during the 47th AFRAA conference held in Congo Brazzaville include Abdehahmane Berthe, the CEO of Air Burkina, as the first vice chairman and Sherif Fathi, chairman of Egypt Air Holding Company, as the second vice chairman of the committee that has oversight responsibility for the association in addition to crafting policy and overseeing implementation of projects and programmes by the secretariat.

Others elected were Jean Paul Nana Sandjo, the CEO of Camair-Co to represent the West/Central African region, John Mirengemi [Mirenge] the CEO of Rwandair to represent the Eastern African region and Mr Driss Benhima, chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc to represent the Northern African region.



SOURCE : http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000182697/kenya-airways-ceo-voted-to-head-aviation-body





John Mirenge and Prof Silas Lakwabamba talk about Rwandan Aviation





Here are 3 interviews of John Mirenge (2) and Prof Silas Lakwabamba (1) about the Rwandan Aviation. The first one taken place today at Cape Town (South Africa) during a IATA General Meeting. Thanks to African Aviation Tribune for the link.


Paul Vecchiatto


EMERGING African airlines will have to be extremely cost conscious even though air travel is important for economic growth, RwandAir CEO John Mirenge says.

Speaking at a press briefing during an International Air Transport Association (Iata) general meeting on Monday, Mr Mirenge said Rwanda, a landlocked country that is one of the continent’s smallest, had identified air transport as a key driver of its economic growth.

“We (RwandAir) only started three years ago and we are slowly moving into a definite market of the short and regional flights before looking at long-haul destinations,” he said.

Mr Mirenge said Rwanda was rebuilding its international airport in Kigali with the aim of making it a hub for regional African flights.

“We are in the heart of Africa and almost every other African country is between three and four hours’ flight time from Kigali,” he said.

This, Mr Mirenge said, dictated the purchase of smaller, narrow-bodied aircraft that could operate efficiently, taking between 50 and 120 passengers a trip.



Second interview taken place at Kigali, probably the day of the delivery of the B737-700:


In this video, John Mirenge is talking about of B737-700s. They will  replace the older B737-500s (classic version). The B737-700 can carry more passengers, more cargo and has bigger range.


About Prof Silas Lakwabamba, he is talking about the expension of the Kanombe Airport that will be finished by the end of 2013. About Bugesera Airport, he has said that negotions will be soon ended. The name of the firm will be announced in coming months.







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