Rwanda Air set to increase fleet size to 10

Barring any last minute of change, the East African carrier, RwandAir will be increasing the number of aircraft on its fleet to 10 brand new ones before the end of the year.

Making this declaration, the Country Manager of the airline in Nigeria, Ms. Ibiyemi Odusi, said the development falls in line with the airline’s expansion programme.

Odusi, while speaking on plans by the airline to expand flights into more African destinations, including Khartoun , in Sudan, Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire and  Cotonou Benin Republic and other African cities, said the  implementation of single skies for Africa will deepen the  air transport market in the continent.

She called for the removal of all restrictions concerning all agreements among African countries saying it would enable African carriers to spread their tentacles to all parts of the continent.

According to her, if the single airspace policy for Africa is accelerated, the challenge of intra-African connections, which has affected many passengers would be eliminated as carriers could easily fly into different countries without the restrictions that hold them back.

Odusi maintained that Rwand Air has remained relevant on Nigerian route because it has kept its promise to passengers, who are daily asking for improved services.

She listed challenges of operating into Nigeria in the last four years to include passenger perception about the home country of the carrier, which they grappled with for some time saying:  “It has been good operating as an African carrier into Nigeria for the past four years, trying to raise the bar in provision of transport services. But, we have had to grapple with serious perception imbalance when we started operations in Nigeria four years ago. But, all that we have overcome now, with the services we are rendering. Just like every country with its history, the narrative has since changed.”