Rwanda aviation news update – RwandAir signs long term agreement with Amadeus


The Rwandan national airline, RwandAir, has effective April 01st signed a comprehensive agreement with leading CRS Amadeus, concluding what has been described as successful but lengthy discussions amongst the two new partners.

Amadeus commenced operations in Rwanda some 5 years ago, and Ms. Kainembabazi Sabiti,, based in Kampala, also oversees Rwanda and Burundi as country manageress, besides her ‘home market’ of Uganda. Amadeus, the dominant system in Kenya, has long faced an uphill struggle in Uganda and Rwanda, but this latest ‘coming on board’ by RwandAir signals finally the breakthrough Amadeus has been seeking. It is a known fact that ‘the other system’ had tried tooth and nail to forestall this development, but armtwisting, as reported here in Uganda, did not work in the more enlightened working environment of Rwanda, where different allegiances come into play.

That all said, travel agents are reportedly delighted to have finally access via Amadeus to RwandAir’s bookings and reservations, and the range of value added products Amadeus offers too has found favour with the travel agent community.

RwandAir has been growing in recent years in leaps and bounds, presently operating a Bombardier Dash 8, two Bombardier CRJ 200 and two B737-500, which will later in the year be succeeded by two brand new B737-800 aircraft. The airline has just added Brazzaville and Libreville to their growing network, which includes Johannesburg, Dubai via Mombasa, Entebbe, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International Airport.

At hand to sign the deal were RwandAir’s Executive Chairman and CEO John Mirenge and Amadeus’ Sub Saharan Africa Business Development Manager Aymeric Lanic.