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Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:47 pm

The best way to join a global alliance?

The Rwandan government has some time ago confirmed that, when the time is right, will RwandAir be partly privatised and being the proverbial cherry in the African skies with an ambitious agenda of fleet and destination growth would a major share acquisition by Qatar Airways no doubt shake up the industry on the continent.


https://atcnews.org/2019/02/28/could-qa ... -rwandair/
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:12 pm

I don't really see what Qatar Airways or any other carrier could envisage doing with RwandAir. Firstly Qatar Airways has a good network around East Africa flying to almost every country in the Eastern half of Africa. And in some cases flying to more than one destantion in the country.

The other major issue is the there is already two major players in the area in the form of Ethiopean and Kenyan. Kigalis airport is also massivly contrained, and has little room to grow.

Other than being a slightly more convenient point of connection for Ugandan and Tanzanian customers flying to West and South Africa I don't see where RwandAir would find the markets to get bigger. The only real selling point would be a massive improvement in customer service, but then Ethiopean is no slouch on that front and good luck getting employees of a state run airline to work the way airlines like QR would envision. Etihad tried it with Alitalia, and the reality is that it is extremely difficult.
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:39 pm

This smells of Swissair and the way they went bankrupt. Probably not good.
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:37 pm

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His Highness the Amir and President of Rwanda witnessed the signing of an agreement in the airspace and two draft memorandums of understanding for cooperation in the fields of sport and culture as well as a memorandum of cooperation in the fields of tourism & business activities.

https://twitter.com/qatarairways/status ... 3209730049

Qatar shows interest in funding Rwanda's new airport

Friday March 22 2019

A Qatari government delegation led by Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani was in Kigali this week for bilateral talks key among them the financing of the Bugesera International Airport.

Rwanda has been seeking funds for the new airport that will be its largest and whose construction began in August 2017 with a deadline set for 2020.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/busine ... index.html
 
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:23 pm

The end of a very long story ? First plan to sell RwandAir stakes started in 2006, with SN Brussels Airlines, Meridiania, then Etihad and Ethiopian Airlines

Some rumors in Rwanda say that the delay of the delivery of the RwandAir A330Neo (planned to be delivered early 2019) is linked to the Qatar Airways RwandAir deals. Qatar will also take part into the project of the brand new Kigali Airport.

Qatar Airways currently serves Kigali, every day, with a B787, and they have a weekly cargo service operated by an A330F

Interisting to see how gulf states are heavily investing in Rwanda:

Nexus (Saudi Arabia) has opened a Flight Operations Services, years ago and they have signed a parnetship with Akagera Aviation (Rwanda) to open the first fixed aircraft wings air school in Rwanda

NAS Aviation (Kuwait) opened its 1st ever loungue in Africa at Kigali Airport. They have opened a second one at Kigali Airport, only used by RwandAir

An UAE company (i forgot the name) has also helped RwandAir

Qatar banks on RwandAir deal to expand in Africa

Rwanda is in the process of selling shares in the national carrier RwandAir to Qatar Airways, in a deal that is expected to shake up the country’s aviation industry and beyond.

Aviation experts say the move by Qatar to buy shares in RwandAir could enable it to solidify its presence in the African market given its current woes with its Gulf neighbours.

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/busine ... index.html
 
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:56 pm

rukundo wrote:
Some rumors in Rwanda say that the delay of the delivery of the RwandAir A330Neo (planned to be delivered early 2019) is linked to the Qatar Airways RwandAir deals.

It would be great to know why. :smile:
Do you have more infos about it?

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NAS Aviation (Kuwait) opened its 1st ever lounge in Africa at Kigali Airport. They have opened a second one at Kigali Airport, only used by RwandAir

I think NAS Aviation operates also some lounges in Morocco or Tunisia - but indeed the very 1st one - back in the day - might have been inaugurated in Rwanda.

Anyway at Kigali airport, NAS company now manages 3 lounges:
i) Pearl Lounge for all FF airlines pax + accessible to all passengers for a fee,
ii) Dream Lounge, as you stated, only for RwandAir departing/transiting passengers,
iii) Arrival Dream Lounge, from what I understand it represents a mix of the two above - free for WB premium pax long haul, and with a fee for all others! Located after passport control.

Anyway, this Qatar option seems very plausible this time.... better than when Libya invested massively in the country in the 80-90s :boggled:
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:08 am

Could this be a way for Qatar to counter the growth of Ethiopian in that part of Africa? After all they have been expanding in all corners of the continent and that's something an airline like QR doesn't like.
 
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:48 am

Clever investment, especially if the GCC blockade continues re overfly rights. Could have RwandAir fly from their three hubs in KGL (Rwanda), EBB (Uganda) and COO (Benin) straight over Saudi Arabia in to DOH for QR to put their pax on to.
 
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:35 am

How is their hub at COO doing? Why do they even have a hub at COO?
 
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:11 pm

As also discussed in the thread below:

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Qatar Airways in negotiations to acquire 49% of RwandAir
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:17 pm

AF022 wrote:
Why do they even have a hub at COO?

Mostly because Benin did not want (could not afford) to set up their own airline, thus they ask WB to operates new/essential routes!

I'm also curious to know how the hub is performing so far ...
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Re: Qatar Airways have an eye on RwandAir

Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:03 am

myki wrote:
Clever investment, especially if the GCC blockade continues re overfly rights. Could have RwandAir fly from their three hubs in KGL (Rwanda), EBB (Uganda) and COO (Benin) straight over Saudi Arabia in to DOH for QR to put their pax on to.


Yes, Qatar Airways has been forced to fly longer routes to avoid the blocked airspace of some of its neighbours.
The ban does not apply to non-Qatari airlines flying to Qatar. RwandAir could potentially carry passengers from Africa over the blocked airspace to the state-owned airline's hub in Doha without any airspace restrictions.

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