RwandAir's first Airbus A330neo appears out of paint shop in Toulouse

Toulouse - The first of two Airbus A330neo expected by RwandAir rolled out of the paint shop in Toulouse. Although no specific delivery date has been declared yet, it should be close.

The African carrier has leased the two A330-900 from the American lessor Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The first of these two new widebodies of the airline recently appeared out of the paint shop in Toulouse with the colors of RwandAir.

The MSN1844 is already equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The aircraft was originally intended for Air Berlin that went bankrupt last year. The cabin configuration still remains unknown. The new A330-900 of RwandAir (9XR-WS) will join the airline's widebody fleet that comprises of one Airbus A330-200 and one Airbus A330-300.

Rwanda's flag carrier will use its new planes to launch new routes to Guangzhou in China first, and then to New York in June. The operator also expects two Boeing 737 MAX 8 for its single-aisle fleet.