BRUSSELS AIRLINES AND RWANDAIR ORGANIZE FLYING VISIT TO NAIROBI
During the just ended week did Brussels Airlines, in conjunction with codeshare partner RwandAir, operate a flying visit from Kigali to Nairobi, showcasing their award winning business class and inflight service to a group of 14 Rwandan travel agents. Both the RCAA and the KCAA granted special dispensation, as this flight ordinarily cannot carry traffic between Kigali and Nairobi, so that the agents could experience the level of comfort on board as well as get an idea on the catering and crew service their clients can expect when traveling with SN to Brussels.
Rwanda’s national airline has for some time been selling tickets on the codeshared flight to the European capital and the partnership according to the respective country managers in Rwanda and Kenya has been yielding positive results for both sides.
While in Nairobi the group enjoyed the hospitality of event partner Serena Hotels, staying a night at the Nairobi Serena Hotel, itself due for expansion with a new wing starting soon, before exploring the exciting new shopping malls and seeing the main sights of Nairobi, courtesy of Centurion Tours, including the ongoing construction of new cross city highways, which will hopefully one day soon reduce the eternal traffic jams.
At the time of uploading this article the group had just returned home to Kigali on board one of RwandAir’s new aircraft, completing the trip with an inflight experience of their own national airline.
Pierre Declerck and Connie Potel, the Kenya country managers of Brussels Airlines and RwandAir respectively, expressed their satisfaction with the trip, a replica of a media trip earlier in the year when key travel editors from print and electronic media across the region were invited to equally sample this experience.
Brussels Airlines flies 5 times a week between Brussels and Kigali, with the return flights routing both via Entebbe (3 times a week) and Nairobi (twice a week), offering immediate onward connections to a growing network of European destinations, some in code share with parent company Lufthansa. The airline, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft on their routes to East Africa, also offers daily connections to New York and will in June commence flights to Washington DC, their second US destination, making visits to the United States, on business, on pleasure or as a preferred study place, easy for East African travelers.