Rwand Air has concluded plans to connect flights between Lagos via Kigali to Mumbai in India and Guangzhou in China.
The airline’s country manager, Ms. Ibiyemi Odusi said in Lagos that the airline would deploy a bigger aircraft on the route to give passengers value for their money.
“We are planning to launch two new routes for the Nigerian market; they are Mumbai and Guangzhou in China. We did our marketing research and discovered that Nigeria has a need for more carriers into the Far Eastern routes, and as a strong player on our current routes, we thought there is a great need to satisfy our passengers.
“By September Rwand Air is taking delivery of an Airbus A330, with a flat bed in business class, fee onboard Wi-Fi, mobile network, world-class in-flight entertainment which will serve these new routes. By December, we take delivery of another Airbus to further service the routes to complement our Nigerian routes.
“As an airline, we feel the need to empathise with our customers by giving them quality aircraft as travel time increases on routes. We are also improving safety with the training of our personnel,” she said.
She further said the airline would offer Nigerian passengers generous baggage allowance on the new routes.
“With a bigger aircraft that would give them enough space for their baggage in addition to offering competitive fares to attract passengers interested in medical tourism in India,” she added.
Odusi said the Lagos-Mumbai-Guangzhou services had been informed by the dearth of flights for Nigerians travelling to those places.
“The number of airlines flying into these routes is not enough. That is why Rwand Air is tapping into this opportunity to further add value for our passengers. We are driven by the core values of safety, on time departure and excellent customer services,” she said.
Odusi said the airline had embarked on fleet growth programme with eight aircraft in service in the four years of its existence adding that by year end, the number of aircraft would have increased to 10.
She also spoke on the airline’s plans to extend services to more destinations including Khartoum, Sudan; Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, and Cotonou, Benin Republic.