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RwandAir takes delivery of its 2nd Bombardier Q400NG





25 June 2015


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The national carrier, RwandAir, yesterday welcomed home its eighth aircraft, which it says will boost capacity and efficiency of its operations.

The brand new dual class Bombardier Q400 NextGen Turboprop Airliner, acquired from Toronto, Canada, touched down at Kigali International Airport at 5:15pm local time amid celebrations.

The 67-seater turboprop aircraft, that is fast, quiet and fuel-efficient, promises to provide the perfect balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint.

John Mirenge, the airline’s chief executive, said the new arrival will help enhance both efficiency and capacity, which, according to aviation experts, will increase the profitability of the airline.

The new Bombadier takes the airline’s fleet to eight Next Generation aircraft serving its fast-growing network in the region and beyond, he said.


FULL ARTICLE : http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2015-06-26/190088/





RwandAir takes delivery of its 1st Bombardier Q400NG









Bombardier Aerospace and RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda today celebrated the delivery of a dual-class Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner to the African airline. RwandAir’s order for the aircraft was announced on April 22, 2013.


Jean Paul Nyirubutama, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, RwandAir, accepted the aircraft during a delivery ceremony at Bombardier’s Toronto site where the Q400 NextGen aircraft is manufactured. The ceremony was attended by Bombardier Commercial Aircraft executives and many of the employees involved in the production of the aircraft.


“We have been eagerly awaiting the delivery of this superb dual-class, 67-seat aircraft,” said Mr. Nyirubutama. “By offering similar cabin amenities on the Q400 NextGen aircraft and on our recently acquired dual-class Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, the two complementary aircraft types will provide seamless passenger service, permitting us to align our total fleet strategy towards a unified passenger experience.


“The Q400 NextGen aircraft will position us well to offer increased capacity on popular routes that have been opened and serviced with our 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft and is the right aircraft to develop our growing domestic and regional markets. The Q400 NextGen aircraft’s modern cabin and superior performance will also help us build new markets where regional air service today is served by older-generation jets. The aircraft will firmly support RwandAir on our path towards growth and increased profitability,” added Mr. Nyirubutama.



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