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RwandAir’s new B737-800s represents progress and national pride; Central Africa's standout carrier


Rwanda, a country little known for its aviation achievements, is now home to Africa’s first B737-800, complete with Boeing’s new Sky Interior product. The national carrier plans to use the equipment to increase capacity to Dubai, which it currently serves via Mombasa. RwandAir is a growing airline and although it faces many struggles in its homeland, it has launched three new routes in 2011 alone. Rwanda’s infrastructure and transport system is underdeveloped, nevertheless the travel and tourism sector is helping to drive the country forward. [1925 words]

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  • RwandAir: from humble beginnings to a growing network
  • Rwanda’s own is the first African carrier to receive B737-800 with Sky Interior
  • Three new destinations so far in 2011
  • Turkish Airlines codeshare
  • South African Airways enters Rwanda market
  • RwandAir doing “big” things in a tiny market
  • Major economic reforms since 1994
  • Rwanda implements conditions to improve trade environment
  • Tourism surges each year despite damaged reputation
  • An airline to watch

Graphs and data:

  • RwandAir route map
  • RwandAir's B737-800
  • RwandAir fleet data: as at 14-Sep-2011
  • RwandAir: routes launched between Jan-2011 and Aug-2011
  • Rwanda capacity (seats) by carrier: 05-Sep-2011 to 11-Sep-2011
  • Map of Rwanda, main cities
  • Rwanda’s real GDP growth: 2002-2012
  • Rwanda trade with main partners: 2010
  • Visitor arrivals to Rwanda by purpose of visit: 1H2011
  • Visitor revenues to Rwanda by purpose of visit: 1H2011
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