Tuesday, April 3, 2018

RwandAir Reviews, Flight Status, Contacts, Baggage Allowance, Check In & Prices

The country's flag carrier, RwandAir (WB) is headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda, and operates from a base at Kigali International Airport (KGL). Founded in 2002 at Rwandair Express, the airline also flies domestically to Kamembe Airport (KME) in Cyangugu. International flights are available 14 countries in Africa and the Middle East, including Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates. RwandAir also has codeshare agreements with Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, South African Airways and Proflight Zambia. The airline's fleet of aircraft have both Economy Class and Business Class cabins.

RwandAir, the national airline and flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, took delivery of its first long-haul wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft in September of last year. It’s a relatively young airline, only operating flights from its base in Kigali (KGL) since 2002. After the devastating Rwandan Genocide in 1994, the government decided it needed a reliable transportation link that would firmly connect the country to the rest of the world.
    
The Aircraft; RwandAir has several Planes which Opearte in The Following Classes:
 
Business Class
Business class is located in the aircraft’s forward cabin, made up of five rows in a 1-2-1 staggered configuration — translation: direct aisle access for all. The seats are Thompson Vantage XL, an incredibly popular, fully-flat business-class seat that’s also used by Qantas, Swiss and SAS (see our review of this product on SAS’ A330 here). It’s also the seat that’ll be used in business class on Delta’s A350.

The cabin features 20 green-colored seats, each with a sand-colored leather cloth cover and a dark-toned frame and table. The Airbus trim and finish manager worked with design teams from the airline to create an interior onboard the aircraft that was true to the culture, authenticity and ‘roots’ of Rwanda. The rear walls of each cabin section feature a pattern resembling hills, as Rwanda is famously known as being the “Land of a Thousand Hills.’ In addition to this, the choice for a dark-toned seat frame and shell was designed with the image of a gorilla hugging its baby in mind, since the country is famously known for its mountain gorillas — TPG even got to see some in the wild during his trip there last year.

Single ‘A’ seats are perfect for solo travelers, especially seats 2A (my seat for this flight) and 4A, which are closest to the windows.

The center seats offer both the correct amount of privacy — great if you’re traveling alone — but are sociable enough for couples or friends traveling together.

Each business-class seat is 79 inches in its lie-flat position, has 45 inches of pitch and features in-seat power via an international plug socket as well as a USB port. You’ll also have access to a small lamp and a dedicated hook to hang your headphones on.

Premium Economy
RwandAir has become the first African airline to offer a premium economy cabin, which on this aircraft is made up of three rows of 21 seats in a 2-3-2 configuration.

With padded seats and 38 inches of pitch, RwandAir’s premium economy cabin is going to be one of the most popular on an African airline yet.

The ‘Imigongo’ lined walls and ‘Rwandan Hills’ rear cabin wall patterns continued into both premium economy and economy.

Each seat in premium economy featured a footrest.

The green/blue Rwandan-inspired fabric covered most of the seat, which also featured a leather headrest and white cloth cover.

Economy
RwandAir’s A330 has 203 economy seats that take up two cabin sections. The seats are upholstered in black leather with green highlights, and laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration, which is one of the perks of the A330 aircraft as it’s better for solo travelers, couples and families.

These economy seats look sleek and smart — their velcro is ready for the attachment of an antimacassar (cloth cover) — while each one’s pitch comes in at 32 inches.

Economy seats come with in-seat power via an international plug socket and USB connection, as well as a coat hook.

As it’s a new aircraft, frequent flyers will notice the ‘newer style’ seatbelt signs, which no longer feature an illuminated ‘no smoking sign’ but instead display information regarding when it’s safe to use electronic devices. Large screens with on-demand in-flight entertainment are offered to all economy-class passengers.

Baggage
Cabin baggage is baggage that is not checked-in to the hold of the aircraft, but is kept in the cabin under the passenger’s custody. It is carried free of charge if falling within the free allowance. The passenger shall store the cabin baggage in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of him/her


Cabin Baggage Policy
Each Passenger is restricted to one bag 22x15x8 inches [55x38x20 cm] not weighing more than 21 lbs [10kgs] to all destinations with the exception of Johannesburg where the authority restricts this to 15lbs [7kgs].

The above weight and size limitations shall be verified and confirmed by use of the WB baggage moulds/ sizers at check in areas. All baggage exceeding the unchecked baggage limits shall be checked-in.

The following items may be carried free of charge by all passengers except infants;
    1 overcoat, wrap or blanket
    1 umbrella or walking stick
    1 ladies handbag

A reasonable amount of reading material
    1 small camera
    1 small laptop
    1 collapsible baggage trolley
    
A fully collapsible invalid’s wheelchair and/or a pair of crutches provided that the passenger is dependent on them
When a baby carrycot is carried, lightweight articles such as bedding, diapers, feeding bottles and sufficient food for the journey may be carried free provided the total weight does not exceed 12 kilograms.

Checked Baggage
RwandAir provides extra baggage carriage-services for its clients who travel on the airline’s network. The carriage services come at a cost which varies from destination to destination, region to region, and/or destination to region, or vice versa as well as the type of aircraft being used. The excess baggage policy will serve as the basis for rates applicable in each region to the entire network.

This policy follows the standard checked-in baggage allowance; that is to say 2 pieces of 23 Kgs each in economy class and 2 pieces of 32Kgs each in business class.

RwanAir Routes & Destinations:
Kigali (KGL) Accra Kotoka (ACC)
Kigali (KGL) Accra Kotoka (ACC)
Kigali (KGL) Bujumbura (BJM)
Kigali (KGL) Bujumbura (BJM)
Kigali (KGL) Brazzaville (BZV)
Kigali (KGL) Brazzaville (BZV)
Kigali (KGL) Dar Es Salaam (DAR)
Kigali (KGL) Dar Es Salaam (DAR)
Kigali (KGL) Douala (DLA)
Kigali (KGL) Douala (DLA)
Kigali (KGL) Dubai (All Airports) (DXB)
Kigali (KGL) Dubai (All Airports) (DXB)
Kigali (KGL) Entebbe (EBB)
Kigali (KGL) Entebbe (EBB)
Kigali (KGL) Johannesburg (All Airports) (JNB)
Kigali (KGL) Johannesburg (All Airports) (JNB)
Kigali (KGL) Kilimanjaro (JRO)
Kigali (KGL) Kilimanjaro (JRO)
Kigali (KGL) Juba (JUB)
Kigali (KGL) Juba (JUB)
Kigali (KGL) Kamembe (KME)
Kigali (KGL) Kamembe (KME)
Kigali (KGL) Libreville (LBV)
Kigali (KGL) Libreville (LBV)
Kigali (KGL) Lagos (LOS)
Kigali (KGL) Lagos (LOS)
Kigali (KGL) Lusaka (LUN)
Kigali (KGL) Lusaka (LUN)
Kigali (KGL) Mombasa (MBA)
Kigali (KGL) Mombasa (MBA)
Kigali (KGL) Nairobi (All Airports) (NBO)

How to pay
You can pay for your flights with RwandAir in the currency and payment method of your choice when booking through Alternative Airlines.

We accept PayPal making flight purchases with RwandAir easy and more secure for customers. PayPal is one of the leading forms of online payment, with more than 169 million accounts worldwide.

RwandAir Offices & Contacts:
Dar es Salaam
Ali Hassan Mwinyi Rd
VIVA TOWERS, 2nd Floor, Room 19
Tel. (+255) 22 2103435 | +255 782 039152 |
email: sales.dar@rwandair.com

Kigali Airport Sales
Kigali International Airport
Tel. +250 732 154 018 |
email: reservations@rwandair.com

Worldwide offices
(+250) 788 177 000
info@rwandair.com







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