First of its kind airbus was bought and today landed in Rwanda where the 330-200 is to open routes to Dubai and other far destinations.
Ubumwe Airbus has the capacity of 244 passengers to compete in Africa’s merging airline business.
The plane is worth $250million an estimated Rwf200billion.
Airline business is growing at an average of 20%, a trend that is making Rwanda a reliable destination too.
“We are ready to compete globally,”John Mirenge, Rwandair Chief Executive, said yesterday when the plane was taking off from Toulouse in France.
The plane is not the only on Rwandair tag, there is another one of the same kind expected in November this year.
Another four planes are also listed for Rwandair logistics.
The tally of the fleet is now nine including Ubumwe, Boeing 900, 800 and the 500.
Rwandair is preparing to meet emerging markets in Europe, Asia and China.
Ubumwe will take its first passengers to Dubia next week.
Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific Airbus sale person, Hadi Akoum, applauded Rwandair for making Africa a convenient airline hub.
“Rwanda has a good vision for aviation development,”Akoum said the new business conforms with the airbus intents.
Airbus as a company will avail technical training to Rwandair engineers.
Rwandair has a passenger rate of 500000 per year and is targeting to put that number to three million in five years’ time.
IATA Operational and Safety Audit (IOSA) was also renewed for another two years.