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Linking Other Great Lakes: Air Uganda + Rwandair  
User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 17764 times:

JAMBO dear readers


Time came to show, once again, East Africa for the probably last called "vacation" in Rwanda, to comment the service of those 2 regional unknwon carriers. This journey, split in two mini reports will feature a Entebbe-Kigali-Kamembe trip, clearly connecting Lake Victoria to Lake Kivu on a kind of bi-national bush airstrip.

International leg has been written by EAS, whilst the second part the domestic route, has been composed by Rukundo (the brother).



Codesharing


INTRODUCTION

Closest East African "neighbours" ties have been well knoted for a little time. They have been best allies for helping presidents in victory in their respective land as worst ennemies when illegally sharing matters occured with other wealths around the region. Time came to write a new page of the history for both country to be seemingly future oriented with a meaningful motto "unity is strenght". the reality shows an agreement, between the 2 airlines, which has been conclude mid 2010 providing a day return service from the 220 miles separated International airports.


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Press annoucement in June 2010



Air Uganda history's appears to be pretty short, opposite to the country's size and influence in the region. Indeed 3 years after the relatively recent beginning of the operation in 2007 the fleet composed of 4 aircrafts, serving merely a regional network none domestic, has all to envy to his neighbour KQ, Sudan Air, Rwandair or the multitude of "fulas fulas" airlines in DRC. It prefers focusing on its potential thanks to Celestair group, also owner of Air Burkina, Air Mali, and i think, other upper class hotels/lodges in East Africa. On the last point only KQ, a Skyteam member, is locally obvious the leadership.

Air Uganda is operating great connections between high plateaus and jungly mountains to relaxing popular East african sandybeaches.

After a short search, it appears that Air Uganda airline had been unreported, nevertheless few months ago our respected fellow Abrelogos reported the first Celestair Alliance Air Burkina though.

LINK: Air Burkina 2J 556: 21/JUN/10: BKO-OUA: J Cabin (by abrelosojos Sep 1 2010 in Trip Reports)



ENTEBBE AIRPORT

On this sunny Tuesday morning following a short lay over in Entebbe , i've being dropped of by the courtesy hotel shuttle at the airport around 10 am, on the way the driver explained me the importance of the United Nations in town, and its preponderance at the airport, as the former terminal is now exclusively use by this International Organisation. With this civil war in Sudan, Entebbe must be the best base for humanitarian operations. It would be interresting to learn more about the exhaustive fleet's composition at the United Nations. After research it indicates 5 ridiculous planes with some MD80 or A321, but here in Uganda, things looks different:



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Skyjet B732 and Antonov

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UN's fleet

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Departure level


Air Uganda allows only locals to pay the ticket that what i did the day before. It would have been a better experience in Business class, but U7 does not offer this cabin solely on KGL route. Being visited the eve terminal does not looks really convenient, and is pretty narrow, when one knows it is served by at least 5 occidental mayors airlines.



CHECK-IN & IMMIGRATION

After a first security scan, I noticed an African man was unpacking his suitcase and trying to fit his things into another suitcase while his relative stood at the counter arguing with the check-in agent. I was quite a good distance behind them, but I could definitely smell the lack of deodorant use coming from those two guys.
Anyways when my turn came to check-in the main worry would be luggage allowance. Greeted by 3 debonair Ugandan agents asking me where i was flying. They proceed quickly and handled my BP, before raising the issue in an unconventional way:

Air Uganda (U7) agent: ahah you are carrying 2 luggages to Kigali, are you congolese?
East African Spotter: (laughing) not at all, i'm african but living abroad.
U7a: what is really important to use 2 bags, why not adding things in your ruck pack which looks light, because the total is 38 kg.
EAS: that much!!! (but i knew it) some items are heavy, and it is better to travel light.
U7a: ok, easy to understand, how much do you have?
EAS: hey what do you mean? (Few seconds later) well not that much, most of it have been spent during the stay, maybe $10 left.
U7a: that's not really good for you because the allowance is 25kg, with every extra kg costing $3,5.
EAS: there are many presents for the family which are important, do you agree with $20?
U7a: haha, for madam and for the kids it's essential to bring nice gifts, for me it fine, and we will see later for this agreement, here is your passport with the tag luggage. Have a nice flight
EAS: allright many thanks, see you in a while.

To be honest with all of you, those sleazy manners are against my principles, but facing those 3 persuasing agents, it was like the choice had already choosen it side, by easing the extra luggage fees. Well if the majority is happy, what can we do?


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Idle african staff


First steps for frequent flyers: paper card


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Air Uganda and Emirates counters


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Boarding pass


Time came to walk through immigration, where i was deeply fumming. On monday i was being convinced to stamp the french passport for $50, instead of rwandan's one for free. The process was breeze, with few departures on this slot.


AIRPORT INTERNAL

Thinking about a last present, the diversity of duty free shops beat me, and while i was looking for correct the gate, an agent helped me for the direction but clearly it appeared it was not her first intention, as earlier her words resounded in my mind " see you later". Acquitting my debt with half guilt and half happiness, i made my way to a second security scan and a rather empty departure lounge. Before getting there the lady proceed to the boarding and informed me that only 7 have "boarded" and we were waiting for 3 more passengers, revealed to be business journalists.


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3 flights to Kigali operated by 3 different airlines

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In the background, one of the check-in lady

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Military A/C on passengers terminal

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neighbours waiting lounge

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KQ departing to Kinshasa

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Behind the Avent Cargo, a KLM A330 apparently grounded for a while

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Military mission?



THE FLIGHT

After a short bus ride to a remote stand at the north of the apron, we've boarded a U7 CRJ, On a free seating rules i've choosen the 4A, not sure it is the best for airline enthusiasts.


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Boarding time

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Local airline: Eagle Air

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Terminal's overview

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Another UN's bird

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Holding point



U7 350: Entebbe – Kigali
STD: 12H30 STA: 12H15
Canadair CRJ200
Distance: 220 miles




U7's network


The maiden flight to kigali happened the 23rd february 2010, U7 obviously ties partnership with Rwandair sur KGL/EBB and allow a day trip on this route. Apparently since August flight are now departing around midday.


Golf Echo, rocketed taxi C on time, for a short hold, before blasting off runway 17, we were airborne around 12h37, for a right turn and a climbing to 29 000 ft our cruising altitude.



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Ente'Bay Overview

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Random Islands over Lake Victoria



INFLIGHT

A male and female cabin crews on white uniform operated on this service. It suits them very well. they came quickly to offer tuna or veggie sandwich, with a respectable choice of drink, the food was definetely basic but better than some international airlines. Duty free shopping was not being offered, which was a value added to the quietness of the flight. the leather seat was enough comfortable, the pitch was also decent even if i'm not that tall.


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Leather comfortable seats

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Correct legroom


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Entertainement with a feedback card

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Cabin crew

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Food and drinks

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Cabin shoot


ARRIVAL


Spending half of the time over Lake Victoria, Golf Echo decreased fastly altitude on approach toward destination. A smooth touchdown occured, as usual, runway 28 at 11H57, for a direct taxiing through alpha nearby an extending fleet of rwandan mix collection of WB and Silverbacks.

Immigration was hassle free with my new passport, but i discovered problems that my brothers met the days before, small airports are so sweets!!!


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Descent to Kigali

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Ex-Lot Polish Airlines, Rwandair WD

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UGE at KGL




LUGGAGE

Half of passengers did not hold any luggage, it tooks 5 min to collect mine and another minute reaching outside the terminal.


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Reclaim hall


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to be continued


Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 17753 times:

Leg KGL-KME by Rukundo



For schedule reason, it was merely impossible to transit on the airport, and had to stay in Kigali town for a day, which would be quiet unsual for some international standard code share airlines, and it was much better like this

National airline proudly offers 8 destinations across Africa (completed recently by Mombasa and Dubai) and surprinsigly still one domestic, since the demise due of low frequentation of the Goma/Gisenyi route. This internal service, which was based on the 3x weekly on opening became daily whatsover. As evereybody knows the fact files of this under developped country it's pretty stunning and encouraging to provide a such airline service on a such short distance (165 miles). The most unexplicabled fact shows that this route has been implemented since 2005, 3 years after the airline's launch. No matter the words, here are the facts and time to seize opportunity a brand new adventure.

My brother and i went to experienced our national airline. Moreover it appears also that our « reckless » Alex was the first to cover the national carrier of Rwanda on KGL-NBO route.
LINK: Rwanda Air Ex WB 107: 25/AUG/07: KGL-NBO: Y Cabin (by Abrelosojos Nov 29 2007 in Trip Reports)



AIRPORT

Satisfied to desperatly arrive after an only 15h delayed, my brother enjoyed a nonstop night out with some rwandan fellows the eve, and surprinsigly managed to be on time to KGL. We have used moto taxi, which are obviously better value for money.
Dropped off at 7h am, KGL looks sleepy and awaiting the first sunlights. An hour ago, local operator Rwandair saw its 2 first flights leaving regionally to BUJ and JRO. Despite the forthcoming departure of the most profitable WB's route to JNB, the departure hall was not buzzing of passengers, lonely idle airport staff were over represented, that's called african magic.


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Absolutely new at Kigali: FIDS


With one hour left we decided to walk straight to check-in.


CHECK-IN

As usual there is a 1st security scan here before the desk, we found 2 Check-in counters opened, displaying JNB and KME. We waited 15 min here before processing here at the JNB one.
The lady, pleasant with a shy face, was not what she revealed few seconds before. When we requested 2 windows seats, she kindly answered the flight was far away to be full, and we would be able to enjoy an almost free seating. Sticking with this half known news and her warm beautiful smile, we headed directly to security. On the way happy to handle my birthday's gift, i've noticed she gave us 2 aisles seating and not together obviously.

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Kamembe and Jo'burg Counters

DEPARTURE LOUNGE

With 25 min remaining, the wisest decision was to make the way to the departure lounge, via the 2nd security scan. The friendly officer (whom meet upon our arrival in rwanda) explained us that, according the BP , the boarding would start at 8H30 and there was no reason to do not enjoy a cup of tea on the new restaurant also used as free lounge for frequent flyers. Taking his words for it, my brother ordered few mouthwatering savouries as samoussa, pain au chocolat and drinks for $7.


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Before called CIP now Eats and Drinks

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Inside


As he was busy talking, it could be easily seen that boarding had started, since here no public annoucement or screening are available every passenger has to be aware. Checking back the BP, a huge fright invaded me before noticing that she printed out or by reasons whatsoever a boarding time at 8H30 instead of 8H. We quickly made our way to the 2nd security check, escorted by a ground agent, and showing that we've been mislead by the document, he showed us our bus for a quick ride to the Dash parked away.


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Not so many visitor today

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Are those birds still flying?


DASH 8-100

My brother was like a kid front a Christmas illuminated shop, as the last time he has flown Dash dated from 2001, with a demise ancestor of WB, Alliance Express on NBO-KGL route. At the first sight, one can perceive an all white color scheme different from the rest of fleet filling the KGL's Apron, secondly the registration indicate an Kenyan origin starting with 5Y-BXU. According to Airfleet website, operator of this shapely aircraft remains "unknown".

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Our ride

2 nice surprises arose while stepping inside BXU:

- the load factor was far beyond our imagination, positively high, after counting twice each of us, a total of 24 passengers boarded this domestic service: with certitude 5 nationalities would travel to KME: Rwandan, Congolese, Indian, French and Czech ( where we had an earlier chat while check-in): what a great asthonishing news!
- The second news, inspite a high load factor, and the aisle seat assignation from a probably WB's trainee staff, we quickly realised that row 7 was totally empty, which means both of us could enjoy a windows seat, i've choosen 7D.


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Legroom (from EAS)


THE FLIGHT

WB115: Kigali-Kamembe
STD: 8H00 (8H02), STA: 8H25 (8H25)
De Havilland: Dash 8-100
Distance: 165 miles

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Itinerary


Despite our almost fatal strolling in the airport, First Officer and PNC welcomed us at 7H52. After switching on engine, listening the safety information, X-ray Uniform backtracked runway 10. A long wait because of the sereval birds on the runway's vicinity, prevented from taking off immediately. Anyway, without any delay caused by the incorrect given information, we were airborne at 8H07, then followed a huge turn towards south west. Cruising Altitude 17000 has been reached 7 mins after being lift up.

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Islands on the Lake Kivu

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Load factor really surprising


INFLIGHT SERVICE

Ahmed a genuine friendly cabin officer offered a selection of soft drink, i've tried an orange juice, the rest of the trip was uneventful as BXU was huging the thousand hill of the left shore of Kivu Lake


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Drink service from Ahmed

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Orange juice


6 mins later he announced the descent to the airfield.
a smooth landing made clearly on the left one gear enabled an on time schedule arrival at Kamembe/Ruzizi.


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Gear down

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Peak time at Kamembe

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Forever static visitor

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Forbidden pleasure: walking on the runway

Once stepped down we made our way to the exit, being kept a close eye by the local police. From now the rush start for RAA operator of this cute and simply bush airport with absolutely nothing, which obviously was a breeze concerning the process.


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Greeting's from Rukundo

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Control tower and fire brigade

ARRIVAL

We did not hold any luggage but the reclaim worth to be seen. After it was the scrum to get a dire priced taxi, as number were limited, obviously they took advantage on all travellers even congolese.

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Temporary passenger terminal,

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Luggage delivery



KME-KGL (outbound journey)



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Rusizi (ex-Cyangugu) and Bukavu (DRC)

We decided to ride a moto taxi around 7H45, it took us 7 mins to reach the Kamembe airfiled, even if improvement and renovation are on the way, facilities overthere are basic but nothing is missing:
- a sales office and travel agency
- a bar and restaurant
- Custom and some warehouses on its side.


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Travel agency and WB sales office

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Tiny passengers terminal (taken the eve)

After being scanned we headed off to the check-in counters, shared apparently with a bar. While the truly professionel WB's agent filled manually our BP, a quick look at the PIL, revealed the load factor of the day: 20 hum it was less than the eve but still honorable.

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Security checks

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Check-in desk and/or bar

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Travel documents

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Can anyone give me another airport in this world featured with a public pool table?

With nothing much to do than waiting at the restaurant, an african passenger caught our attentions, first with his unusual luggage.

While my brother tried to figure out what was special with this traveller, BXU landed with 25 min delay on runway 20.

Once his work completed, he pulled out a magazine from his bag, and a smile arose from our face as it revealed to be Airliner world. Later on he has told us his aviation hobby, like us, and his job pilot in a small aircraft, sadly not like us. He was heading to NBO, unfortunately for him he must stay 6 uncountable long hours in transit, in one of the most boring airport in the world according to an aviation fan.

RAA opened the look like"garden" gate for the boarding but the agent cut the stub before get inside the plane, then with a truly smile wished us a pleasant trip.

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boarding time

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Still BXU

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Our seats


Ahmed, our identical steward, welcomed us once again with exactly the same and rare warm smile. With all passengers onboard the capitain released a religiously PA on the cruising altitude, flying time, and the basic itinerary then came the turn of he started the safety instructions.

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For specialists only: what, who, where, when?


Just after take-off

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KME Airfield

To avoid Congolese air space, BXU was given clearance for takeoff and the propeller engines spooled to full thrust from runway 2. this time, the service was an identical copy as wednesday, and the light turbulences at the end of the flight distracted a young kid travelling with us


http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KME-KGL/CIMG5043.jpg
Entertainement: Insozi magazine dated from August

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KME-KGL/CIMG5050.jpg
Drinks cart 1


Drinks cart 2

Because of the shortness of the flight, the pilot did not make up the delay, and touchdown occured at 9H34, followed by a severe braking to catchup taxiway alpha roughly in middle of the runway.

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KME-KGL/CIMG5057.jpg
Nothing has changed since yesterday

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KGL-KME/CIMG4841.jpg
From BXU's flight deck

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KGL-KME/CIMG4845.jpg
Kigali approach chart

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KME-KGL/CIMG5065.jpg
King Air United States of America, sadly the lonely visitor



A bus was waiting for us, and exactly 7 mins after getting off BXU, we could breathe landside Kigali pure oxygen.


http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KME-KGL/CIMG5077.jpg
End of the Journey

[Edited 2010-11-12 03:19:14]

[Edited 2010-11-12 03:52:00]


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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 17740 times:

This last part is dedicated to the fans of flight videos and Africa, indeed here can be found some links:

EBB-KGL by EAS:
- CRJ taking off from Entebbe
- CRJ Landing U7 at Kigali


KGL-KME-KGL(musical videotrip w/h pics) by RUKUNDO
- Full return journey (10mins)



Finally a selection of non aviation photos taken during our stay



1-Pictures of Entebbe (Uganda)


http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4458.jpg
State House

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4460.jpg

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4534.jpg
Botannical Garden: lookslike HIV's flower

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4538.jpg
BG2: My favourite overall

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4542.jpg
BG3:"Romantic" flowers

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4575.jpg
BG4:Cute monkey


BG5, impressive trees: over 120 YO, and 45 m heigh

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4586.jpg
BG6: Human's silliness everywhere

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4588.jpg
Business center

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4593.jpg
Lake Victoria

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/CIMG4599.jpg
Biggest fish ever eaten



2-Pictures of Rusizi (Rwanda)/Bukavu (DR Congo)


http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/Bukavu.jpg
Bukavu

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4889.jpg
Streets vendors trapped by the rainy season

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4891.jpg
access to Congo

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4901.jpg
Sorry dude, your "soul" will unintentionnally be famous

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4904.jpg
Local market

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4919.jpg
Rusizi River and border

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4940.jpg
Harbour with sunk boat


Rwandan "Spirit"

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4974.jpg
Handcrafts with men drinking Urwagwa

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4975.jpg
H/C ladies from market

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4979.jpg
Rukundo riding a local bike



Made in China  http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/Rwanda-KME%20loisirs/CIMG4985.jpg
Made in Rwanda  








Many thanks for taking on your precious time to read, now feel free to comment or suggest anything!!!




http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab52/kigalilongwe/Africa%20regional%20OCT2010/KGL-KME/CIMG4756.jpg

Rukundo & East African Spotter


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[Edited 2010-11-12 03:12:16]

[Edited 2010-11-12 03:33:44]


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User currently offlinefaucett From Peru, joined Jul 2009, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 17690 times:

WoW! Great TR from areas not normally heard about. The picture of the cities in lake Kivu are stunning.

Seems you had a pleasant experience, at least better than expected.

thanks for sharing

Dan



faucett
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2468 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17140 times:

Hi, always nice to read from such exotic airlines- well done!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Skyjet B732 and Antonov

Any more infos about "Skyjet"- reg., web-page etc. maybe?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
secondly the registration indicate an Kenyan origin starting with 5Y-BXU. According to Airfleet website, operator of this shapely aircraft remains "unknown".
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 1):
Entertainement: Insozi magazine dated from August

Unfortunately, airfleets DASH8-infos seems not to be up-dated. But as you can clearly see on the safety card, the a/c is being operated by Dash-8-100 specialist ALS Ltd.: http://www.als.co.ke/


User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17056 times:

Hola easafspot!

Thanks for this exotic TR.

It is probably one of the first times I read about these exotic airlines and the routings they serve.

Really a great job! I loved the pictures you too from the planes, really beautiful pictures of the alkes and the landscape seen from the plane. Local pictures are great as well.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineBrusselsSouth From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 16724 times:

Hi easafspot,

Great report, it's cool to have some insight into operations in that part of Africa.

I enjoyed reading it and watching the photos, including the non-av ones.

Thanks

Regards
BrusselsSouth


User currently offlineTUGMASTER From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jul 2004, 723 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 16400 times:

NICE SHOE'S MAN...

but seriously, a great TR.., from a little known part of the world..FANTASTIC

rgds


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 16389 times:

Hello

First of all thank you for all the replies and kind comments

Quoting faucett (Reply 3):
Seems you had a pleasant experience

the whole journey was fantastic, even if some airport or airlines staff overthere are far too be professionnal, that's may slightly spoil the trip

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Any more infos about "Skyjet"- reg., web-page etc. maybe?

Let's see other pictures being taken, unfortunately my camera a Casio Z77 is not a gem of technology and become out of date 
Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
the a/c is being operated by Dash-8-100 specialist ALS Ltd

yup, it should have been changed before posting. Als also operates domestic flights

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
It is probably one of the first times I read about these exotic airlines

there is first time for everything! both arlines are pretty new (U7:3 YO and WB:8 YO), moreover they focus operations regionally, but with Rwandair now serving Dubaï it may increase its visibility  
Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
the routings they serve.

After discussing with other passenger, the domestic route is rarely flown by rwandan, they can afford the 6 hours bus. I guess all other pax were heading straight to Congo, as Bukavu Airport is a bit far away from town

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 6):
it's cool to have some insight into operations

Yes you are right, it looks like taking picture is now commonly accepted overthere, which helps a lot. Only once we have been told firmily camera were not allowed!

Quoting BrusselsSouth (Reply 6):
I enjoyed reading it and watching the photos

many thanks, glad you've appreciated



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User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 16264 times:

Beautiful and entertaining TR, EAS! I had a genuine laugh when I read about your ordeal with the staff at Entebbe airport regarding your luggage, I think the same kind of horse trading happens at the check-in desks of many European LCCs, but they are less funny.

However, beautiful pictures! Would you like to write a little bit about Rwanda, about its current situation nowadays? I read the country has walked a long way and now it's somehow flourishing, isn't it?


User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2311 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 16138 times:

Now this is a TR! Very nice EAS...
The Kigali airport is very respectable...is there construction going on over there?

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
I was quite a good distance behind them, but I could definitely smell the lack of deodorant use coming from those two guys.

Usually it's as soon as you walk in the terminal

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
To be honest with all of you, those sleazy manners are against my principles, but facing those 3 persuasing agents, it was like the choice had already choosen it side, by easing the extra luggage fees. Well if the majority is happy, what can we do?

That's how it is unfortunately it will get better...strides are being made!



Our Returning Champion
User currently offlineRukundo From France, joined Jan 2007, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 16137 times:

Hi everybody thanks for yours comments

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Any more infos about "Skyjet"- reg., web-page etc. maybe?

The aircraft is actually grounded due to maintenance problem.

Quoting debonair (Reply 4):
Unfortunately, airfleets DASH8-infos seems not to be up-dated. But as you can clearly see on the safety card, the a/c is being operated by Dash-8-100 specialist ALS Ltd.

Yes RwandAir added this dash, last spring replacing the 748 Air Services Dash

Quoting JL418 (Reply 9):

However, beautiful pictures! Would you like to write a little bit about Rwanda, about its current situation nowadays? I read the country has walked a long way and now it's somehow flourishing, isn't it?

Rwanda is one african safest countries. You can visit it, without fear.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 5):
It is probably one of the first times I read about these exotic airlines and the routings they serve.

Kigali-Kamembe-Kigali is very popular, cause many Congolese passengers use RwandAir for cargo, between East Congo and East and South Africa and now Dubai.

Kigali is a good airport, but that all. It's a little bite boring aiport. A new airport will be opened in 2015.

[Edited 2010-11-13 11:36:24]

[Edited 2010-11-13 11:37:54]

User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 16114 times:

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 11):
Rwanda is one african safest countries. You can visit it, without fear.

Safety is not my concern, I'd be a very appalling prey for any street robber. What I was more interested in was, I'm sorry that I haven't made myself clearer, how's the country doing: I mean, do you feel locals' quality of life improving and so on?


User currently offlineRukundo From France, joined Jan 2007, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 15652 times:

Quoting JL418 (Reply 12):
Quoting JL418 (Reply 12):
Safety is not my concern, I'd be a very appalling prey for any street robber. What I was more interested in was, I'm sorry that I haven't made myself clearer, how's the country doing: I mean, do you feel locals' quality of life improving and so on?

No worry JL418. Yes, the economy is stronger that before 1994. The average growth rate is about 6%. Kagame launched in early 2000s, the vision 2020, a development program (like the millennium goals for UN). According reports, Rwanda will reach millennium goals. Rwanda invests massively in ICT and tourism.

Here is the Video about the Entebbe-Kigalii flight : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPk1MOhIwIg

Sorry, i have some problems with the sound.


User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (4 years 1 month 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15324 times:

Thanks for an interesting read about one of the less-travelled areas of this forum!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6937 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (4 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 15103 times:

Great report with countless nice pictures from a region which is not covered here very often. I hope we can expect to see more reports from you!

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Are those birds still flying?

At least one of them should be active, according to ATDB.


PH

[Edited 2010-11-16 12:05:29]


Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6670 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14807 times:

Very interesting report with nice pictures!

The terminal in Kamembe looks very basic.....a bit different way of delivering bags as well with regular truck! But that works as well.

The777Man



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14770 times:

Hey guy, don't forget to thanks Rukondo, who did the half of the job  
Quoting TUGMASTER (Reply 7):
NICE SHOE'S MAN...

you will receive the shop adress in PM, but it will be a long fly to come to Paris if you are still living in W&F (which airline link this part of the world?  )

Quoting JL418 (Reply 9):
the country has walked a long way and now it's somehow flourishing, isn't it?

Oh well, seen from a TR or outside, the picture has definetely changed, in particular in Kigali, it is more a shiny make up, or magical powder, than a deep as most of the problems have been chast away in the countryside. A relative to Rukundo said Rwanda is earning money with international aid and thanks to the mines in DRC... i guess mostly the foreigners (Ugandan, Kenya and others) are the winners of the improvements, not really the locals

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 10):
Now this is a TR! Very nice EAS...

from the GreatRDU, a compliment is always enchanting  
Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 10):
Usually it's as soon as you walk in the terminal

Lol, you've just guess perfectly, an great point was, this pax flew at half day morning not 5pm of a Sunny day.

By the way, are you still in Congo? Maybe you know more about Kinshasa and Kenya Airways, is it schedule a:
- NBO-EBB-FKI-FIH (according to the FIDS shown above)?
- NBO-BZV-FIH :according to ST timetable? or
- NBO-FIH: according to its website

Quoting Rukundo (Reply 11):
Yes RwandAir added this dash, last spring replacing the 748 Air Services Dash

here is the wikipedia of Rwandan aviation, thanks for the accurate information bro'

Quoting signol (Reply 14):
an interesting read about one of the less-travelled areas

Thank you, let be honest, this place will stay like this for a while as on one of the travel booked it is written, " at Cyangugu there is merely nothing to do, except passing" ok, are you going often ion Africa?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
I hope we can expect to see more reports from you!

you know more than everybody that this place is addictive  , i'll do my best

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 15):
At least one of them should be active, according to ATDB.


thank you the comments for the extra infos


East African Spotter



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User currently offlineQFKangaroo747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 14753 times:

This trip report was truly a delight. Thankyou.

User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1130 posts, RR: 32
Reply 19, posted (4 years 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 14451 times:

To Rukondo and Eastafspot,

Well done on an excellent and thoroughly unique SA Linhas Aereas">TR. There have been quite a few SA Linhas Aereas">TR's popping up of Africa which is cool beans. Well done once more! Currently I am in SA, but will be crossing Lake Victoria and into Uganda in January. Sadly, part of my trip (Agulhas to Alexandria (Egypt)) is that I am not permitted to take any flights... so I have to stay strict to the travel brief.... but it is nice to hear of your experiences...

Quoting eastafspot (Thread starter):
Check-in desk and/or bar

This is very awesome! I love small airports, especially when you have experienced some of the enormous ones nowadays...

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
Human's silliness everywhere

Of course, alot of Africa don't seem to understand the ugliness of littering, as is the case in many countries. A couple of fines could generate some more income to fatten the politicians up and stop the littering...

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 2):
Sorry dude, your "soul" will unintentionnally be famous

Yes... If I get one more guy trying to charge me for a photo in Africa.... they charge 50p in SA!

Thanks once more,

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlineAlexEU From Nauru, joined Oct 2007, 1824 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14431 times:

Hi,

very nice and exotic tr!!

Which aircraft does Rwandair uses for its new flights to DXB? Is it nonstop?

Was it possible to cross the small river border to DRC? I was in Uganda, close to DRC but the border was closed.

Regards


User currently offlineRukundo From France, joined Jan 2007, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14390 times:

Thanks to everybody.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 20):
Which aircraft does Rwandair uses for its new flights to DXB? Is it nonstop?

Flights to Dubai are operated with B737-500s, but from August 2011, it will be with the new B737-800s

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 20):
Was it possible to cross the small river border to DRC? I was in Uganda, close to DRC but the border was closed.

Yes Alex, via Gisenyi or Rusizi (like in this TR).

[Edited 2010-11-19 14:07:49]

User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13625 times:

Hi again everybody,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
a bit different way of delivering bags as well with regular truck! But that works as well.

the Old school way!!! but they were matching the tag luggage with the traveller's receipt. And of course there was no priority...

Quoting QFKangaroo747 (Reply 18):
This trip report was truly a delight. Thankyou.

Pleased to read you've enjoyed,

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 19):
Currently I am in SA, but will be crossing Lake Victoria and into Uganda in January. Sadly, part of my trip (Agulhas to Alexandria (Egypt)) is that I am not permitted to take any flights

too bad for you, but that's a cool trip indeed, will we have an opportunity to see more detail? I envy you to crossing the Lake by boat, which could be a nice cruise!!!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 19):
This is very awesome! I love small airports

Yup, one can found something aslways unsual, moreover the idea of Check-in and bar counter, would definetely reduce delays or late appearance in UK airports.  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 19):
Yes... If I get one more guy trying to charge me for a photo in Africa.... they charge 50p in SA!

Be careful for the rest of your trip as people may react in very different ways, 50p is still honourable, but you could face more annoyance in some area.

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 20):
Is it nonstop?

WB211/2 has a routing KGL-MBA-DXB, apparently the load factors are more than expected.... good stuff

Quoting AlexEU (Reply 20):
I was in Uganda, close to DRC but the border was closed.

Which border was it? If Close to Sudan, and Darfur region, there is nothing surprising as both governement have intensified security measures, with a restriction to the border, further south, after lake Albert it should be ok now.


Thank again for commenting


East African Spotter



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