|Founded||1 December 2002|
|Commenced operations||27 April 2003|
|Bases||Kigali International Airport|
|Company slogan||Fly our dream to the heart of Africa|
|Key people||Manzi Kaihura (CEO)|
RwandAir is an airline headquartered in the Centenary House in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the national carrier operating services to Southern Africa and East Africa and soon Central Africa. Its main base and only base is Kigali International Airport.
RwandAir was established on 1 December 2002 as a joint venture between the Government of Rwanda (77%) and Silverback Cargo Freighters (23%), under the name RwandAir Express. It started operations on 27 April 2003. It initially leased a Boeing 737-500 from the Danish airline Maersk Air. It was later returned to Maersk Air in May 2004. This was replaced by a leased McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (3D-MDJ) from JetAfrica in June 2004. However, while on a service to the Netherlands for Acvila Air (Romania), the aircraft was grounded. The grounding was due to old navigation maps and multiple technical problems resulting in Acvila Air and JetAfrica being banned from Dutch airspace. RwandAir Express replaced the aircraft with McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (YR-MDL) leased from Acvila Air.
In the early 2000s the airline used the Telcom House as its head office.
RwandAir is compliant with International regulations. It is a registered IATA member, and has passed the IATA Operational Quality Standards (OQS) audit. It has interline agreements with various international carriers, who can issue RwandAir flights on their tickets. RwandAir is no longer in a code share agreement with Kenya Airways on the Nairobi/Kigali route. RwandAir has expressed the intention to resume code sharing arrangements and expand service to Nairobi.
In December 2008, press reports indicated that RwandAir was planning to expand its regional route network to include Dar-es-Salaam, Addis Ababa, Mwanza, Lusaka and Kinshasa. New domestic service to Gisenyi is also planned. New aircraft to service these new routes are reportedly being sourced.
In June 2009, airline officially re-branded from Rwandair Express to RwandAir, because the new name implies a large, serious airline, while the 'Express' in the former name implies a small regional operation.
RwandAir has the following codeshare agreements (at November 2009):
In April 2009, it was announced that RwandAir will code share with Brussels Airlines. All the flights operated by Brussels Airlines between Brussels and Kigali will carry both a SN and a WB flight number. The commercial deal between Brussels Airlines and RwandAir enables the Rwandan airline to sell 10 seats in economy class as a marketing carrier. In September 2009, RwandAir signed a code share agreement with Ethiopian Airlines.
|Bombardier CRJ200LR||1||Operated by Rwandair||9XR-WA|
|Bombardier CRJ200LR||1||Operated by Rwandair||9XR-WB|
|Bombardier Dash 8-102||1||Operated by 748 Air Services||5Y-JGM|