On the same days, the return flight will depart Paris at 21:30, reaching Kigali at 06:00 the following day. The addition of Paris to RwandAir’s network of destinations is part of the airline’s broader mission to connect Africa with the rest of the world. Currently, the airline also operates flights to Brussels, Belgium, and London, United Kingdom.
The Airbus used for this flight has a total of 274 seats, including 30 for Business Class, 21 for Premium Class, and 223 for Economy Class. The arrival of the plane in Paris was welcomed with excitement.
Distinguished individuals such as Rwanda’s Ambassador to France, François Nkurikiyimfura, and the Secretary-General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), Louise Mushikiwabo, attended the ceremony to welcome the Airbus.
La Francophonie is an international organization bringing together countries and regions where a significant proportion of the population are French speakers, or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture.
Mushikiwabo expressed her enthusiasm via a message shared on her Twitter handle, stating, "I am delighted to witness the historic arrival of the RwandAir flight in France. The aircraft has just landed at Roissy Charles de Gaulle International Airport! As a regular RwandAir passenger, I extend a warm welcome to Umurage."
The CEO of RwandAir, Yvonne Manzi Makolo, has emphasized the significance of the flight between Kigali and Paris as a major milestone in the airline’s expansion. In an interview with IGIHE, she stated that this particular route is part of a larger strategic plan, wherein RwandAir has collaborated with various partners to establish connections between Rwanda, Africa, and France.
Makolo expressed her positive outlook on the new destination, highlighting numerous advantages it offers. She believes that the flight will contribute to the growth of tourism and the economy, while also fostering increased exports and other beneficial outcomes for Rwanda.
By expanding its operations to Paris, RwandAir is further enhancing its commitment to providing convenient air travel options and promoting connectivity between Rwanda, Africa, and the global community.