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RwandAir Celebrates Inaugural Flight to Paris

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Kigali-based airline, RwandAir, has marked a significant milestone with the inauguration of its new route to Paris. The inaugural flight, which took place on June 27th, signals the airline’s expansion into its third European destination, following London and Brussels.

The new connection between Kigali and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) is set to strengthen the ties between Rwanda and France, as well as enhance travel options for passengers between the two countries. RwandAir will operate the route three times a week using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft, featuring 30 seats in Business class, 21 in Premium, and 223 in Economy, totaling 274 seats.

Passengers can look forward to convenient departure and arrival times. The flights are scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, departing Kigali at 12:40 a.m. and arriving in Paris at 9:30 a.m. After a short stop in Paris, the aircraft continues its journey to Brussels-Zaventem, landing at 11:30 a.m. The return flights depart Brussels at 7:30 p.m. and Paris at 9:30 p.m., reaching their respective destinations the following day at 6:00 a.m.

RwandAir’s new service to Paris will allow travelers to enjoy direct flights without the need for a layover in Istanbul, which was the previous option. Additionally, RwandAir faces competition from Brussels Airlines at Brussels-Zaventem Airport.

Flight time will be around 8.5 hr, according to the airline.
The carrier already has been operating A330 flights between KGL and Brussels (BRU). RwandAir will operate a quick-turnaround sameday CDG-BRU service between the KGL-CDG flight’s arrival in Paris and departure for the Kigali return flight.

Flight time will be around 8.5 hr., according to the airline. The carrier already has been operating A330 flights between KGL and Brussels (BRU). From June 27, RwandAir will operate a quick-turnaround sameday CDG-BRU service between the KGL-CDG flight’s arrival in Paris and departure for the Kigali return flight.

With the commencement of this route, RwandAir now serves a total of 28 destinations across Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. The company’s ambitious growth plans include doubling its fleet by 2025-26, according to CEO Yvonne Makolo. RwandAir currently operates a diverse fleet consisting of two A330-200s, one A330-300, one Boeing 737-700BCF, five 737-800s, two Bombardier CRJ900s, and two Dash-8 Q400s.

Passengers originating from Paris will now have access to RwandAir’s extensive network of flights across Africa, connecting to countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa through the Kigali hub.

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