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RwandAir Airbus A330


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LAST UPDATE : 02 September 2016


To read news published in 2015 : here


On this page we will put all updates about the two future RwandAir Airbus A330s. In March 2015, RwandAir signed a MOU with Airbus, for 2 A330s, one 200 version and one 300 version.


The first Airbus A330 will be delivered in September 2016, the second one in November 2016.




Delivery date :



 A330-200 (MSN 1741) : delivery in September 2016 (9XR-WN)

 A330-300 (MSN 1759 instead of MSN 1754) : delivery in November 2016 (9XR-WP)


How many time it takes to take delivery of an Airbus A330.


Aircraft parts built by suppliers (wings, fuselage, tail, engines,.....): till to 10 month

Assembly: 5 weeks

Paintshop: 1 week

Aircraft Cabin works: 1 week

Test flights : till to 1 month



 2 September 2016


First RwandAir A330 has already made some test (Rejected Take off & Test Flight), in August 2016.


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03 June 2016


Roll out of the 1st RwandAir A330, without engines and winglets, in primer colour









06/03/2016 updated on 11 May 2016


The first RwandAir A330 gets its Rwandan registration (9XR-WN). This registration was previously used for the Dreamliner, that RwandAir won't take delivery.


According to ATDB, the final assembly on the 1st RwandAir A330, is planned in June 2016. Its test registration is F-WWKS.


The 2nd RwandAir has a new MSN. MSN 1759 instead of MSN 1754.








 Statement by Thompson Aero Seating : here


RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has confirmed a contract with Airbus for A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft, and selected
Thompson’s award winning Vantage XL seat for the business class cabin. The Airline will be East Africa’s first to benefit from Thompson Vantage XL’s high levels of customisation and passenger comfort.
The A330’s will support Rwandan’s plans to expand into Europe and Asia and will be operational by late 2016.
Based in UK, Thompson began developing, in 2003, a lie flat business class seat called Vantage which is a fully horizontal flat bed.  Customers of Thompson Aero Seating, all of which have bought the Vantage business class seat, include Contour Premium Aircraft Seating, as well as All Nippon Airways, Delta Air Lines, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, Edelweiss Air, Air Canada, Air Astana, Qantas, Finnair, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Aer Lingus.



The Airbus A330 is a medium to long range wide-body twin-engine jet airliner made by Airbus, a division of Airbus Group. Versions of the A330 have a range of 7,400 to 13,430 kilometres (4,000 to 7,250 nmi) and can accommodate up to 335 passengers in a two-class layout or carry 70 tonnes (150,000 lb) of cargo.

The A330-300, the first variant, took its maiden flight in November 1992 and entered passenger service with Air Inter in January 1994. Responding to dwindling sales, Airbus followed up with the slightly shorter A330-200 variant in 1998. Subsequently developed A330 variants include a dedicated freighter, the A330-200F, and a military tanker, the A330 MRTT. The A330 MRTT formed the basis of the proposed KC-45, entered into the US Air Force's KC-X competition in conjunction with Northrop Grumman, where after an initial win, on appeal lost to Boeing's tanker.


As of May 2015, A330ceo orders stand at 1,357, of which 1,189 have been delivered. The largest operator is Air China with 49 A330s in its fleet. [Wikipedia].


All informations are about RwandAir A330 only, they don't include the new Airbus A330 versions (242 Tonne, A330 NEO)


Deliveries dates

1st one : September 2016

2nd one : November 2016

Numbers of planes


Capacity (Passengers)

Tri Classes :

A330-200 : 244 seats

20C (Biz) + 21Y+ (Premium) + 203Y (Eco)

A330-300 : 274 seats


30C (Biz) + 21Y+ (Premium) + 223Y (Eco)

Maximum range

A330-200 : 12 600 km

A330-300 : 10 500 km

Fuel capacity

A330-200 : 139 090 L

A330-300 : 97 885 L

Length overall

A330-200 : 58,82 m

A330-300 : 69,69 m


A330-200 : 60,30 m

A330-300 : 60,30 m

Maximum take off weight

A330-200 : 192 – 238 T

A330-300 : 184- 235 T

Cruise Speed

A330-200 : 860 km/h

A330-300 : 860 km/h


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