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RwandAir open to join an Alliance 

Having operated in the aviation industry for 15 years, RwandAir has had good success. The airline originates from the foothills of Kigali, Rwanda and operates both domestic and international flights. With the recent acquisition of three modern aircrafts i.e. A330-800, A330-200 and B737-700 towards the end of 2016, the airline has grown its fleet to 12.

The carrier currently serves 18 domestic and international routes i.e. Dubai, Entebbe, Nairobi, Juba, Accra, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Lusaka, Johannesburg, Bujumbura, Kamembe, Brazzaville, Doula, Libreville, Lagos, Cotonou and Abidjan. The carrier plans to open up 7 new routes in 2017 i.e. Conakry, Bamako, Mumbai, London, Harare, Lilongwe and New York. These new routes will increase its network to 25 routes offering its customers more services. The airline has registered a 13% growth in passenger numbers and this has prompted its management to order more aircrafts and airport authorities to expand and modernise the airport.

  According to the CEO, John Mirenge, the airline is open to joining alliances that will positively impact its growth and meet its needs. Mr Mirenge however declined to comment on the exact alliance the airline would be joining. But the airline currently enjoys a good relationship with Emirates and Brussels Airlines. A background check into these airlines reveals that Emirates is not engaged in any alliances although it has codeshares with other carriers. In this type of arrangement, two or more airlines share the same flight. Each airline publishes and markets the flight under its own airline designator and flight number as part of its published timetable or schedule. Brussels Airline on its part is a member of Star Alliance along with such airlines as Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Singapore Airlines among others. The question then remains which alliance will it be for RwandaAir?

Alliances facilitate the growth and development of airlines. The aviation industry has formed alliances to consolidate players in the market so that they protect their interests and growth. Alliances offer members a wider network and larger market share. This to a great extent is of benefit to member airlines.