RwandAir of Kigali, Rwanda, took delivery of a dual-class Bombardier Q400 turboprop in late February, marking the fulfillment of an order announced last April.
RwandAir deputy CEO Jean Paul Nyirubutama accepted the aircraft during a delivery ceremony at Bombardier’s Toronto assembly site. Plans call for the airplane, which features a 67-seat interior, to replace RwandAir’s 37-seat de Havilland Canada Dash 8-200.
With the delivery, Bombardier has now placed 15 Q400s in Africa. Calling itself the fastest growing airline on the African continent, RwandAir flies four Boeing 737s and a pair of Bombardier CRJ900s throughout the region, including to Nairobi, Entebbe, Mombasa, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro. The airline also serves Johannesburg, Dubai, Lagos, Libreville and Brazzaville and plans to start service to Accra, Douala and Juba “soon.”