RwandAir, the flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus regarding an order for two new A330s, to be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772Bs. A computer graphic image released by Airbus to publicize the news shows an A330-200 in RwandAir colors.

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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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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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