By Sade Williams
East African carrier, RwandAir, recently met with trade and corporate partners as well as other customers in Lagos to review its global operations and also gather input for the new financial year, which is already in its first quarter.
The meeting according to the airline, is part of activities to mark its just concluded financial year 2015/16.
This is just as the Rwand Air, Country Manager, Ibiyemi Odusi disclosed that the airline has concluded plans to take delivery of a brand new Airbus 330 aircraft to be deployed on Nigerian route with business, premium and economy cabins.
She further stated that the aircraft would be deployed on the Nigerian – Dubai route next month after which it would operate the Lagos – Mumbai route in December.
Odusi stated that the airline would in the first quarter of next year take delivery of another brand new Airbus aircraft to operate into Guangzhou in China for Nigerian passengers.
She said the meeting with trade and corporate partners in Lagos provided an opportunity for the airline to plan further for the present financial year 2016/17 while thanking them for the success the Nigeria market achieved.
Odusi stated that the last financial year was a good outing for the airline on the Nigerian route, as its revenue outflows and passenger traffic were the highest in terms of growth in the RwandAir network, adding that for this reason that RwandAir holds dearly its Nigerian operations.
Rwand Air, Country Manager said the airline will continue to invest in Nigeria with new products that will endear its patronage, adding that Nigerian passengers have demonstrated patronage and commitment to the airline and that it was time to reciprocate with more quality services and competitive fares.
She also spoke of plans by the airline to add new routes soon, saying that it was looking forward to strategic partnerships within and outside the continent to develop its hub in Kigali into other global destinations.
On the airline’s frequent flyer programme; Dream Miles, she said the programme would enable passengers earn mileage on every trip.
The Dream Miles, according to her allow passengers benefit discount on fares, use of airport lounges, earn additional baggage allowance, gain cabin upgrades as well as other benefits.
According to her, “We are also working on hotel partnerships. The Dream Miles card has recently been upgraded into a Visa Card that would confer corporate benefits.”
She called on corporate clients, trade partners and other valued customers to increase their patronage as the airline will continue to unveil products that would enhance the travel experience seamless, affordable and pleasurable.
She told them that business class passengers can now enjoy flat bed in business class and more space in premium and economy cabins, adding that cargo and excess baggage will now be better accommodated with this bigger aircraft.