Changes at the helm of RwandAir


(Posted 06th April 2017)

When John Mirenge took on the responsibility as CEO of RwandAir was the airline little more than a virtual carrier, with not one plane owned and few routes to impress the market in Eastern Africa.
During his spell as CEO however he was able, supported by the government of Rwanda and a dedicate team of staff, to expand the fleet to presently 11 aircraft with another Boeing B737-800NG due for delivery in May to complete the full dozen.
The airline now owns and to a lesser part leases 2 Airbus A330’s, 3 Boeing B737-800NG’s, two (leased) Boeing B737-700NG’s, two Bombardier CRJ900NextGen’s and two Bombardier Q400NextGen’s.
The route network has just turned intercontinental with the addition of Mumbai in India and London is on the drawing board for the end of May. In Africa has the airline expanded a few days ago to Harare but also serves Lusaka and Johannesburg in the Southern African region.
In East Africa does RwandAir fly to Entebbe, Nairobi, Mombasa, Juba, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Bujumbura and in the Gulf it is Dubai which the airline serves daily using the A330 on the route.
In West Africa does RwandAir fly to Brazzaville, Libreville, Douala, Lagos, Accra and Abidjan with Conakry due to come on line in coming weeks.
Domestically is Kamembe served on a daily basis too providing a link for travelers from Eastern Congo.
With John Mirenge bowing out has Col. Chance Ndagano been appointed as Acting CEO of the airline with his two deputies confirmed as Lt. Col. Munyaneza in charge of operations and Yvonne Manzi in charge of Corporate Affairs.
Former Deputy CEO Jean Paul Nyirubutama appears to have been moved on to the Board of Directors which continues to be chaired by Girma Wake, former CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

A copy of a cabinet statement just received in regard to the changes reads as follows for the relevant parts:

a) Acting CEO: Col. Chance Ndagano;
b) Deputy CEO in charge of Operations (COO): Lt Col. Sylvere Munyaneza;
c) Deputy CEO in charge of Corporate Affairs: MAKOLO MANZI Yvonne.

Jean Paul Nyirubutama, Member (Board of Directors)

(John Mirenge seen here on delivery of the first Airbus A330-200 to RwandAir last year in September)

All the best to John Mirenge in his future career, wherever it takes him and to Jean Paul Nyirubutama for his new appointment to the Board of Directors of RwandAir while equally welcoming the new team at the helm of the airline, wishing them success and happy landings, always.