RwandAir to acquire own cargo plane

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 23 September 2020 at 12:35

RwandAir is in the process of acquiring its first cargo plane as the cargo market continues to expand, the airline CEO Yvonne Makolo has said.

In an interview with FlightGlobal, Makolo said a special cargo plane is expected to be acquired soon.

Qatar Airways announced in February this year that it was in talks with RwandAir, to buy 49% of the shares in the company which continues to expand. It is expected that in this partnership, there will be a special cargo plane.

"Cargo transportation continues to be important for RwandAir, especially since we got the large plane, we are seeing a rise in profits from cargo transportation," Makolo said.

As the COVID-19 pandemic halted flights around the world, RwandAir used its large airplane to transport cargo to various destinations including Brussels in Belgium, Guangzhou in China, and London in the UK, before the routes were reopened to passengers in general.

RwandAir currently has 12 planes including one Airbus A330 - 300, one Airbus A330 - 200, four Boeing 737-800NG, two Bombardier Q-400 NextGen, two Bombardier CRJ-900 NextGen, and two Boeing 737-700NG.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) (IAEA) recently announced that freight traffic will be accelerating, and will continue in the remaining months of this year.