(eTN) – A delegation of senior Rwandan officials, led by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Alexis Nzahabwanimana, and also comprising the CEO of RwandAir, John Mirembe; the Director General of the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, Dr. Richard Masozera; and other senior RwandAir staff was in Istanbul during the week negotiating yet more agreements between the Rwandan national airline, RwandAir, and Turkish Airlines (THY), one of the fastest-growing members of the globally-leading Star Alliance.
New is the synchronization of the RwandAir schedules to fit into the arrival and departure times of Turkish Airlines, codesharing between the 2 airlines, which will include through ticketing from Kigali to a number of destinations in the THY network and vice versa, of course, into the RwandAir network and significantly technical support and training for RwandAir personnel.
The agreement was formally signed by Dr. Temel Kotil for Turkish Airlines and John Mirembe for RwandAir.
The airline also reaffirmed that the first of 2 brand new B 737-800s will commence the long ferry flight from the Boeing assembly plant near Seattle to Rwanda later this week and the formal unveiling and naming is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, at the Kanombe International Airport in Kigali.
The aircraft will be the very first with Boeing’s new “sky interior” on the African continent and have a state-of-the-art entertainment system on board to provide the latest news, series, and films for passengers on the routes between Kigali to Johannesburg; Dubai via Mombasa; and to Kinshasa, Brazzaville and Libreville.