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Rwandair get two new Boeing 737-500 aircraft

RwandAir and General Electric Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have signed anagreement for the lease of two Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

RwandAir today signed an agreement with the world’s largest aircraft lessor which will see the national carrier receive two Boeing 737-500s in May and July this year. The initial agreement signed by Mr. Ryan Barrett, Vice President GE Capital (GECAS) and Mr. John Mirenge, Chairman & Acting CEO RwandAir paves way for a long term engagement between the two organizations in the areas of aircraft leasing, maintenance, training and human capacity development.

Speaking after the signing, RwandAir Chairman & Acting CEO Mr. Mirenge underlined the need of the national carrier to have a strong passenger revenue driven network with the right aircraft to serve the airline’s expansion plans. The two Boeing 737-500 are expected to be deployed on routes with heavy passenger and cargo demand like Johannesburg while also serving intended RwandAir destinations like Kinshasa.

“GECAS has a keen interest in making this partnership work and in the near future we will see our organization involved in a number of projects at national level in Rwanda”, said Mr. Barrett, GE Capital Vice President.

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