RwandAir has signed a firm contract with Airbus for an A330-200 and a larger A330-300 in Kigali, Rwanda, on 9 September 2015. The order makes the flag carrier a new customer for the European aircraft consortium, and the first East African operator of the A330 long-haul airliner. The first plans for the purchase were announced last year.
Aircraft deliveries will begin in the second half of 2016, enabling the country’s carrier to deploy its new flagship aircraft on medium and long-haul routes serving destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The two aircraft will feature a three class cabin layouts. The A330-200 will have 244 seats (20 business class, 21 premium and 203 economy class) and the A330-300 will have 274 seats (30 business class, 21 premium and 223 economy class). The aircraft will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines.
Featured image: Computer rendering of the A330 in RwandAir livery (Image © Fixion / GWLNSOD / Airbus)