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Maiden flight for RwandAir's first Airbus A330neo

Toulouse - The first of two leased Airbus A330-900 for RwandAir made its maiden flight. The African carrier leased its brand-new A330neo from the U.S. leasing company Air Lease Corporation (ALC).

The MSN1844, the first Airbus A330-900 of RwandAir made its maiden flight on March 7 in Toulouse. The cabin configuration of the plane still remains unknown. It will be registered as 9XR-WS and will join in the RwandAir's long-haul fleet, which consists of one Airbus A330-200 and one Airbus A330-300.

Rumors suggest that the delivery of the aircraft to the African airline operator is imminent and the second copy will be delivered in the middle of the year.

Last June, RwandAir CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo explained that these new planes will be used to launch new routes to Guangzhou in China first and then to New York from June.

Alongside the A330s operating on the long-haul routes of the airline, Rwandair operates two Boeing 737-700, four Boeing 737-800, two Bombardier CRJ900ER, and two Bombardier Q400 on its short and mid-haul routes.

The company has also two Boeing 737 MAX 8 in its order book waiting to be delivered.