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Rwandair No Longer Moving Forward With Its Fleet Expansion

RwandAir is no longer considering, for now, its earlier fleet growth plan of two Airbus A330neos and two Boeing 737 Max orders that it had made via lessors. This is a major move for the African operator, re-evaluating its growth plan and re-aligning its ideas with that of Qatar Airways considering the ongoing talks with the Qatari carrier to acquire 49% stake in the African airline. Flight Global reports Cirium fleets data showing the A330neos were to be supplied via…

Qatar Airways Bets on Rwanda’s Newest Airport, National Carrier

Even as the pandemic continues to shake the industry to its core, construction of Rwanda's largest airport, Bugesera International Airport, is still on course, and the airport is expected to open for business in 2022. The new airport's construction of the new airport was prepared in 2010 and only got…

Kenya Airways, RwandAir Return to the Skies

After 129 days of government restrictions on international flights, Kenya Airways will recommence international routes in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that has spanned the globe and caused a worldwide travel dropoff, African Aerospace reports. “Since resuming domestic flights on July 15, 2020, we have been monitoring the adherence…

RwandAir Looking to Commence Cargo Flights Amid COVID-19 Scare

With regards to low passenger demand for air travel, RwandAir may soon opt for air-freight services to navigate the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic at a time when airlines are seeking new and creative ways to remain operational in the face of the pandemic. This is according to multiple reports in Kigali…

Qatar Airways Increases Stake in IAG to Over 25 Percent

Qatar Airways has increased its stake in International Airlines Group (IAG) from 21.4 percent to 25.1 percent with a $600m buy-up. The move comes a little over a week after Air Italy which Qatar Airways had a 49 percent stake in ceased operations. In announcing the increased shareholding Qatar Airways…

Qatar Airways Eyeing Stake in RwandAir

Two months after taking a 60 percent stake in the newly constructed Kigali's Bugesera International Airport in Rwanda, an airport that will accommodate 10 million passengers yearly, Qatar Airways is now negotiating for a 49 percent stake in RwandAir. This news was first announced by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker…

Long-Haul Flights Boost London Gatwick’s Passenger Numbers in Busiest Ever…

London's Gatwick Airport had its busiest September on record this year, with passenger numbers reaching 4.5 million. The airport, which was ranked as the U.K.'s second busiest airport by passenger numbers, said in a press release that their North Atlantic routes saw high growth rates at an overall 20.5 percent,…