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RwandAir announces changes to Joburg routes

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Cape Town - Travellers heading to East Africa should be advised of African carrier RwandAir's new flight routes and schedules

Come 15 January 2017, the airline will no longer operate the thrice-weekly direct flight between Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and Lusaka. 

It will, however, continue to operate the Kigali - Johannesburg service seven days per week. 

From Kigali, the airline will also continue to operate their thrice-weekly flights to Lusaka. And on 16 January 2017, these flights will increase to five weekly flights to compensate for the direct Johannesburg - Lusaka route that falls away. 

African air travel is on the up and up, and considering RwandAir's recent acquirement of two new Boeing 737-800s, East African air travel won't be left behind. 

In December 2015, RwandAir signed a lease agreement with Aircraft Lease Corporation, an American based lessor to acquire two brand new Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG). 

The first of the two aircraft, a plane RwandAir has named Kalisimbi, arrived at the airline's Kigali hub on 16 November this year and the second, named Muhabura, is expected to be delivered in May 2017. 




With the acquirement of Kalisimbi, RwandAir became the first airline in Africa and second globally to acquire a Boeing 737-800NG equipped with in-flight connectivity on a line-fit programme. 

Other African airlines are also expanding rapidly. Ethiopian Airlines announced earlier in November that they will increase flight frequency to Cape Town to 10 times per week come 1 December 2016. 

This after the route connecting Addis Ababa and Cape Town launched just over a year ago, on 30 June 2015, with only six scheduled flights to Cape Town.



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