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Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:10 pm

The governments of Benin and Rwanda have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint airline based in Cotonou, where RwandAir, the national carrier, officially launched its new hub on Tuesday, August 1.
This was after Rwanda was granted seventh freedom rights by the Government of Benin which allows RwandAir to operate an international air service from Benin to a third country.
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The joint airline will operate Abidjan, Brazzaville, Douala, Libreville, Bamako, Dakar and Conakry routes, according to Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the RwandAir deputy CEO for corporate affairs.


That's a great news for Benin and consumers, hope the airline will be succesful.
Let's see how it will compete with Asky.

http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/217285/
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:07 pm

Rather unusual to see countries look beyond their national borders and fight the temptation to create a national flag carrier. Smart move from Benin IMO, and win win for both.
 
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:51 pm

r2rho wrote:
Rather unusual to see countries look beyond their national borders and fight the temptation to create a national flag carrier. Smart move from Benin IMO, and win win for both.

Agree that can be an interesting idea. Government has the choice to take over Westair ops, leave the RwandAir brand (which may not be the best option to appeal locals or create a new airline name...
Air Cotonou or Air Dahomey would be nice :)
2 B737 aircrafts to begin with seems quite good to cover a dozen West African destinations!
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:27 pm

A quick update:

Starting the 30th of September, first routes 3x weekly from Cotonou will be Conakry in Guinea, Bamako, Mali and Dakar, Senegal.
If RwandAir wants to start New York, better to do it via DKR or direct?
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:37 am

eastafspot wrote:
A quick update:

Starting the 30th of September, first routes 3x weekly from Cotonou will be Conakry in Guinea, Bamako, Mali and Dakar, Senegal.
If RwandAir wants to start New York, better to do it via DKR or direct?

While nonstop KGL-NYC is a long way for a flight that will ultimately have a low yield, do remember that Dakar has competition from Delta and by adding a Stop, they'd be offering not a whole lot more than say an EU or ME carrier. I can see it either way
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:54 pm

If RwandAir wants to start New York, better to do it via DKR or direct?


Planned to be operated via Accra, in Ghana. It was rumored to be operated via Abidjan, with a partnership with Air Cote d'Ivoire, to feed the route from ACI West Africa network

Rwanda’s flag carrier promoted its upcoming service to New York’s JFK airport, with anticipated launch date at the end of 2017. The Kigali (KGL) New York JFK service is expected to operate 3 x week, with a stop in Accra, Ghana.

http://www.airlinepros.com/rwandair-hea ... big-apple/

RwandAir starts Abidjan Cotonou and Cotonou-Libreville-Brazzaville service, from 01 sep 2017.

Abidjan Cotonou will be operated 6 times a week whom 3 flights will be operated to and from Kigali via Libreville. Cotonou-Libreville-Brazzaville will be operated 3 times a week, enabling to fly from Abidjan to Brazzaville, via Cotonou in a single day with RwandAir.
 
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:08 am

Hopefully this is a success and works well. I also concur with others on here that Accra would be a better location for a hub given Ghana's population, economic development and location.
 
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:15 am

Will it have hubs in both countries?
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:18 am

I like it and hope it works well, but it does strike me as kind of odd as the countries aren't exactly that near each other. I mean, it's a 2000 mile flight from Kigali to Cotonou.
 
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:26 am

It is odd. I would have thought that perhaps Rwanda Air should start a service from Burundi first.
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:29 am

Certainly an interesting development that very much reminds of what ET did in West Africa. To be honest, I'm a little doubtful as to whether this could work out. Wouldn't it make sense for WB to loosen its *A ties and get cozier with OW if they want to essentially copy ET.
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:34 pm

Sure, this is a bold move and may work out in the long run. Is WB in such a good shape that it can afford such an expansion? Full points for boldness but I have my doubts on its ultimate success.
 
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Re: Rwanda and Benin to set up joint airline

Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:45 pm

Finally some competition for the KP hub 80 miles away in LFW :lol:
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