RwandAir Takes First CRJ900

 - December 4, 2012, 4:25 AM

In late October Bombardier delivered the first of two 75-seat CRJ900s ordered by RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda. The airline signed the firm order and took options on another two airplanes in March.

Bombardier handed over the ceremonial keys to RwandAir’s dual-class CRJ900 during an event at the manufacturer’s CRJ assembly plant in Mirabel, Québec. Government officials and company executives present for the ceremony included H.E. Edda Mukabagwiza, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Canada; John Mirenge, CEO of RwandAir; and Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Established in 2002, RwandAir sold a pair of 50-seat CRJ200s this past January in anticipation of delivery of the larger RJs. It now operates two Boeing 737-800s, a 737-500 and a Dash 8-300.