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RwandAir’s first nonstop flight between Kigali and London lands in Heathrow today

RwandAir made this announcement:

The ambitious African airline has been operating flights to London via Brussels for the past five years, but from today, November 7, they have been replaced with a new nonstop direct service to cater for demand.

Customers will be able to fly four times a week departing Heathrow for the Rwandan capital as the WB711 at 20:30 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving at 07:00 the following morning.

The returning flight, WB710 departs Kigali each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 23:35, arriving into London at 06:20 the following morning.

The airline has flown between London and Kigali since May 2017 via an indirect service through Brussels, having launched flights from London Gatwick on May 26, 2017 (top).

In 2020, after three successful years, the African airline switched flights to Heathrow, helping to improve connections for travellers.

RwandAir currently serves 28 destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.


Top Copyright Photo: RwandAir Airbus A330-243 9XR-WN (msn 1741) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 942325.

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RwandAir to operate nonstop to Brussels

1st A330-200, "Ubumwe", delivered on September 28, 2016

RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has announced that the flight schedule of the Brussels route will become nonstop to Kigali effective October 31, 2017.

RwandAir will continue to offer three weekly flights from/to Brussels on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; however flights from Brussels to Kigali will no longer be operated via London Gatwick which will eliminate the requirement for non-Schengen citizens to hold a UK transit visa and to disembark for rescreening at London Gatwick Airport.

The new schedule was made possible pursuant to negotiations with Gatwick Airport for an earlier slot out of London, enabling our aircraft to return to Brussels ahead of the jet ban.

RwandAir’s state of the art Airbus A330 fleet, configured in a triple class cabin with inflight connectivity will continue to operate the Brussels – Gatwick route and conveniently connect across Africa via Kigali with the following timings.

WB700 Tuesdays & Thursdays KGL BRU 8:10 15:50
BRU LGW 17:00 17:10
WB701 LGW BRU 18:30 20:30
BRU KGL 21:40 7:10
WB700 Fridays KGL BRU 8:40 16:20
BRU LGW 17:30 17:40
WB701 LGW BRU 19:00 21:00
BRU KGL 22:10 7:40


With a fleet of twelve aircraft including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, the airline currently reaches out to twenty-four (24) destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

This year, RwandAir started flights from Kigali to Mumbai, Harare, London (Gatwick) and Brussels as well as Dakar from its new hub in Cotonou. RwandAir also introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from the hub in Cotonou and will start operations to Bamako and Conakry from the same hub by the end of November this year.

Later this year, the airline’s ever growing network will spread to Guangzhou and in 2018, RwandAir plans to enter the American market with flights to New York, in the USA.

Copyright Photo: RwandAir Airbus A330-243 9XR-WN (msn 1741) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 938172.


RwandAir takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-200

RwandAir takes delivery of its first Airbus A330 on September 28, 2016

On September 28, 2016 RwandAir took delivery of a new 244-seat Airbus A330-200, named “Ubumwe” (Unity).

The aircraft is the first Airbus A330-200 in East Africa. A second copy will be delivered in November 2016.

The new type is expected to be assigned initially to the Dubai route.

RwandAir is also planning to add new service to Harare, Zimbabwe, Mumbai, India, and Guangzhou, China before expanding to western Europe.

The Rwandair fleet is now nine aircraft.

Copyright Photo: RwandAir Airbus A330-243 F-WWKS (9XR-WN) (msn 1741) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 934076.


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