RwandAir newly acquired Airbus 330 – 200 aircraft landed at the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
The aircraft flew in passengers from the Kigali, the Rwandan capital; its major hub into Lagos, its West Africa hub.
The new aircraft is the latest addition in the fleet of nine airplanes by the East Africa airline that is determined to take over the African skies with new product offerings ranging from competitive fares to extra luggage allowance for its teeming passengers.
Speaking at brief ceremony shortly after the brand new aircraft landed at the international wing of the Lagos Airport, Rwand Air, Country Manager, Ibiyemi Odusi, stated that the arrival of the Airbus 330 – 200 airplane was one the steps taken by the airline to consolidate on the Nigerian route with attractive packages that would make the carrier the preferred choice by passengers.
She said the configuration of the Airbus with Flat Bed on the Business Class, luxurious space at the Premium Economy Cabin and other seats in the Economy Cabin makes the 244 passenger seat aircraft the best on the Nigerian–Kigali and other routes the best .
Odusi called on Nigerian passengers to continue to patronise Rwand Air to destinations within and outside Africa to enable the airline resolve the lingering challenge of inter-connectivity within Africa.
She said the airline will next month take delivery of another new aircraft to enable it actualise its plans to open new routes within Africa into Middle East and Asia as well as open new routes into Europe in 2017.
Also speaking at the event, the Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, described the arrival of the aircraft into Nigeria as a milestone by the East Africa carrier, adding that the aircraft is part of efforts to improve the national carrier of the country in offering seamless connections into and out of Africa .
He said Rwand Air will take delivery of another aircraft next month to enable the airline contribute its quota to the growing air transport in Africa.
According to Kamanzi, “We have to thank Nigeria for accommodating Rwand Air and for allowing our airline develop Lagos as a hub over West Africa . From Lagos, we have expanded our operations into Ghana, Conakry, and Abidjan
He continued, “There is necessity for Africa to be inter connected by air. A situation in which African countries still have problems of intra – country flight connectivity is unacceptable. Such difficulties in intra – African connectivity remain a huge challenge, wasting valuable time, resources that could be used to develop Africa. With this aircraft, people and business could move across borders.”
On his part, the General Sales Agent ( GSA ), and Chief Executive Officer of APG, Mr Babatunde Adeniji, stated that the arrival of Rwand Air Airbus 330 – 200 into Nigeria would add value to air travel in terms of quality of service.
Those who graced the event includes: Director, APG Global Associates, Mr Femi Adefope and a Director with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Abdulahi Sidi .