Brussels Airlines is strengthening its long-haul network, in a move that will see it add two more Airbus A330s to its fleet within the next 15 months.

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Star Alliance carriers Singapore Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines are expanding their existing codeshare agreement with effect from December 3.

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RwandAir will become the 12th operator of Bombardier Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprop regional airliners in Africa. RwandAir’s Q400 NextGen will join more than 40 Q400s and Q400 NextGens already in service with, or which have been ordered by, 11 operators in nine countries in Africa.

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Based in Kigali in Rwanda, RwandAir will become the first Bombardier CRJ900 operator in Eastern Africa. Bombardier Aerospace values Rwandair’s firm order at approximately US$89 million, based on the list price of the CRJ900 NextGen.

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Boeing has delivered a 737-800 fitted with the Boeing Sky Interior to RwandAir, making it the first African carrier to own and operate Boeing’s new interior.

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Lakes of hot lava are one of the most spectacular forms of volcanic activity, but only very few are active in the world at any given time. Possibly the world’s most impressive lava lake is Nyiragongo, a stratovolcano located in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Rwanda’s national airline RwandAir has ordered two Boeing 737-800s, which will be delivered in 2011 and will feature the new 737 Boeing Sky Interior.

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Brussels Airlines expects to expand its already-extensive services to Africa, a move which would bring additional connecting possibilities for Star Alliance passengers at its growing hub at Brussels Airport.

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