Bosco Murabukirwa is the first Rwandan male flight captain to fly a Boeing 737 which landed at Kigali international airport, this December 2013, amidst applause and excitement.
Murabukirwa was received by Rwandair CEO John Mirenge and fellow staff after being dressed with four stripes on his uniform and flagged off by Captain Santos Pio.
Mirenge said that Murabukirwa’s achievement makes all Rwandans proud to see a son of the land of a thousand hills flying the national carrier. “This will inspire the young pilots to work hard to not only reach his level, but to surpass him.” He said.
The stripes are an indication of the pilot’s level of flight experience and of his responsibilities in an aircraft. Rwanda has 12 pilots flying WB aircrafts all look up to Murabukirwa’s achievement.
Another inspiring Rwandan pilot on the Rwandair team is Rwanda’s first female pilot, Esther Mbabazi, who has taken on the skies at the age of 24.
In the meantime, Rwandair has suspended flights to Juba, the capital of South Sudan following a failed coup against the government of President Salva Kiir over the past weekend.