RwandAir’s ‘Ubumwe’ now on the Airbus assembly line


(Posted 31st May 2016)

September cannot come soon enough for the RwandAir team in Kigali, when their first wide body aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 is due for delivery to Rwanda’s national airline.
The airline, according to information from Kigali, is now working flat out, together with the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, to put all regulatory requirements into place, which will include a full type approval by the RCAA as this aircraft type has never before been registered in Rwanda, nor in fact anywhere in East Africa for that matter.

(All pictures courtesy of RwandAir)

The assembly of this aircraft with the manufacturer’s serial number MSN1741, is moving ahead on schedule. It is due to receive the RwandAir livery in the Airbus paint shop over the coming months before the final cabin outfitting will be completed. At that stage will the aircraft be put through both ground and airborne tests before the delivery ferry flight to Kigali in September.

Next will then be the assembly of RwandAir’s second Airbus, a larger A330-300 variant, which is due for delivery in December this year.
In the meantime does the airline also expect another Boeing B737-800NG SkyInterior to be delivered, very likely by July this year, boosting their medium haul fleet to allow for new destinations across Africa to be launched. This will bring the B737 fleet to five aircraft overall – three B737-800NG and two B737-700NG – before yet another such jet will join in 2017.