RwandAir CRJ900 in Montreal awaiting its maiden flight to Kigali (Photo by Bombardier)
A new aircraft added onto the fleet of Rwanda’s national carrier Rwandair has begun its maiden journey to Kigali from Montreal-Canada, the company announced on Friday, October 19.
“Our first Brand New CRJ 900NG was officially acquired yesterday (Thursday) at 16:15hrs,” said Rwandair in a statement.
This new aircraft is the first of two Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) 900NGs due for delivery from the Canadian makers. The two CRJ 900s together cost USD$185million.
Rwandair said new plane will travel the route: Montreal- Gander-Keflavic-Falconara-Aswan-Kigali. It is scheduled to arrive in Kigali on Monday next week.
Images of the aircraft are already available. The dual-class 75-seat CRJ900 NextGen aircraft provides what has been described as exceptional reliability. These specific aircraft will be configured with seven business class seats and 68 economy class seats.
The jets will compliment Rwandair’s larger Boeing 737-800s as Rwanda’s national flag carrier seeks to increase its regional footprint in coming months. The company wants to expand to add routes such as Lusaka (Zambia), Cape Town (South Africa), and Juba (South Sudan).
Rwandair now boasts an increasing fleet, allowing it to provide flights to never-before-thought destinations such as Gabon and Dubai.