Fourth of July !!!
Besides being THE national holiday in The United States, July 4th marks the Liberation Day and the end of the 100 days of remembrance as Rwandans and friends of Rwanda across the world commemorated the genocide against the Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
On a flight from Dar Es Salaam flown by 3 French crew members, the President Habyarimana's plane crash, which was also carrying Burundian President, Cyprien Ntaryamira, was one of the triggers that sparked the slaughter.
The Presidential Palace Museum is one of the new museums in Kigali that gives visitors an overview of Rwanda’s history. One can also visit some of the flight debris for the FALCON 50's presidential plane that went down on 6th April 1994. Photography wise, only prior your date, a formal written request to the competent authority (INMR) could grant you this freedom.
Fragments of a French gift at Presidential Palace Museum – Kanombe
Dassault Aviation Falcon 50, registered 9XR-NN
Horizontal and vertical stabilizers
Located just 2 km away from Kigali International Airport, the best idea then was to go for some spotting. This is almost like the world famous "In & Out" in Los Angeles or the Heathrow Renaissance Hotel since it took me barely 3 hours or so to achieve this fantastic outcome :
Silverback Cargo DC8s stored away
Rwandan Defence Force Mil Mi-8
RwandAir from Bujumbura
Dedicaced to Sjacob : Air Uganda bound to its hub
This one suits well to Gabrielchew
Ethiopian from Entebbe
The climax of this spotting...
...Is one of Suryo's most favorite airline
Before going back downtown to see the latest changes, let's have a look at the powerful marketing used by airlines that has instigated the choice for that trip.
Earning DreamMiles on direct a route or jetting out with famous sportsmen ?
Skyteam alliance would be a fair pick this time !
For sure, the Dream)liner plus Skyteam bring about a perfect combo !
Hmm maybe not them, since they are not insured by COGEAR LTD
Maybe the fortunate April KLM's Promo Awards merit consideration !
Of course, there is always a catch .
So here are some quick shots of Kigali.
Skyline in a late afternoon
Brand new City Hall built by a Chinese firm, involved in a 5 star hotel too...
...International standards with Marriott to open before 2014
Among the eight airlines that fly in to Rwanda, the last options never flown on my side remain South African and Brussels Airlines, quickly ruled out.
Then, the Flying Blue website exonerated me from emigrating in a "delicious" A330 blue jet.
Kenya Airways cost next to nothing, so few clicks later, the deal was closed.
Time saving procedure
On the departure day, busy biding adieu to everyone and also because of the usually high security threat level during the commemoration period, all pre check-in photos have been taken a different day.
As a matter of fact, at the first bagage scan an English cocker spaniel helped security officers by sniffing every passenger belongings.
(Taken another day )
As stated by Alex ''very 1970s French chic ... sort of like a calmer''
Public areas (Taken another day )
The future is close : RwandAir to operate Dream)liner soon...(Taken another day )
Arabica coffee producing regions (Taken another day )
Justin, a friendly agent dressed with a Rwandair uniform, performed the check-in in no time.
Out of curiosity, i asked how much would cost a last minute upgrade ( usd 150 ), but the bad news from Flying Blue is that now this segment (all East African destinations in fact) accrues only 500 miles instead of 750 few months ago .
Before hitting the lounge, Rwandair flight to dxb was called to board demonstrating deductively a very healthy load.
Equal treatment to everybody : a little wait .
Transit passengers area providing an American coffee house outlet and a bigger dutyfree
A very warm welcome by the enthusiastic receptionnist asking if i needed a presentation of the lounge made me feel at ease straight forward.
Multi airlines lounge entrance
Food and beverage buffet
Prices list for alcoholic substances
Tea, orange juice, pineapple chunks and Japanese plum
A reliable internet access
Since 2009, newest buildings get British plugs, whilst continental Europe plugs still equip many places across the country… A such annoyance !
Rwandair's long haul fleet .
The boarding, called at 10h45, irritated strongly the traveller sitting next to me who had just poured and started to enjoy his large glass of wine until he was forced by the ground agent to drink it down.
Boarding thru a jetbridge ?