RwandAir Takes Delivery of its First Boeing 737-800
BOEING FIELD, SEATTLE — RwandAir, the national airline of the country of Rwanda, on Thursday took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800.
The delivery sets two milestones both for the central African carrier and the continent as a whole. It is the first 737 delivered to any African nation fitted with the new Boeing Sky Interior. It is also RwandAir’s first new aircraft purchased directly from Boeing. (The two 737-500 jets in RwandAir’s fleet are leased. The company also owns two Bombardier CRJ-200s and a Dash8-200.)
“Today is a proud day for RwandAir as well as the country of Rwanda,” said Dr. Alex Nzahabwanimana, Minister of Transport for Rwanda. At a grand celebration dinner at Seattle’s Museum of Flight on Wednesday night, Nzahabwanimana also expressed the government’s commitment to using aviation for the betterment of the landlocked nation’s developing economy.
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