RwandAir orders two Next-Generation 737-800 jets from Boeing

May 7th, 2010 - 4:41 am ICT by BNO News  

SEATTLE (BNO NEWS) – Boeing and RwandAir on Thursday announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-800 jets.

Based in Kigali, Rwanda, the airline is expanding its fleet to broaden its network. RwandAir currently operates a fleet of regional jets.

“Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-800s will enable us to eventually expand to regional hubs across Africa and the Middle East,” said RwandAir Chairman John Mirenge. “They will become the mainstay of our fleet.”

“Boeing is honored that RwandAir has selected the Next-Generation 737-800 to support its fleet and growth strategy,” said Vice President of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Marlin Dailey. “The airplane offers reduced operating costs and environmental impact, as well as a new cabin interior that will delight RwandAir’s customers.”

The new 737 Boeing Sky Interior features bigger stowage bins that pivot up and out of the way, and sculpted side walls that draw attention to the windows. The new design creates a more open feel in the cabin with overhead lighting that resembles the sky.

Financial details were not discussed, but it’s estimated that Boeing’s 737-800 variant cost around $85 million.

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