RwandAir, the flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Airbus regarding an order for two new A330s.
Although Airbus has not specified the A330 model covered in RwandAir’s MOU, the computer graphic illustration the manufacturer released along with its March 24 news release about the RwandAir MOU shows an Airbus A330-200 in the airline’s colors.
The agreement makes RwandAir a new Airbus customer and the first airline in East Africa to order the Airbus A330.
RwandAir’s A330s will be delivered in the second half of 2016 and will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines.
“As we look to introduce wide body aircraft for the first time into our fleet, with its proven economics, reliability and passenger comfort, we have found the A330 to perfectly support our plans to expand into Europe and Asia, to enhance our regional presence, to open up new routes and to grow our market share,’’ says John Mirenge, chief executive officer of RwandAir.
Rwanda’s flagship carrier will deploy its new A330s on medium-haul and long-haul routes from its home base at Kigali International Airport (IATA code KGL), which serves Rwanda’s capital Kigali, to destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The Airbus A330 family includes four main passenger models (plus a number of weight variants of these models) and one freighter model.
According to Airbus, the A330 family (including the two A330neo models) has now attracted orders for almost 1,500 aircraft. Over 1,150 A330s are flying with more than 100 operators worldwide.