RwandAir will launch the first non-stop flight from the UK to Rwanda, one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in Africa, on May 26th.
Operating three times a week from London Gatwick to the Rwandan capital Kigali, the service offers easy access for UK passengers.
The flights, on a new Airbus A330-200, will offer travellers Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The flight time is eight hours 40 minutes.
Passengers travelling on the new RwandAir service in Business Class will be able to take advantage of fully-flat beds and convenient overnight flights.
British travellers are among the top five nationalities to visit Rwanda, which welcomed 1.3 million people last year.
They’re attracted by the incredible scenery, the opportunity for a unique experience visiting mountain gorillas and big game safari.
The recent arrival of black rhinos in the country means that Rwanda is now offering one of the best safari experiences in Africa.
Travellers can explore Rwanda’s diverse ecosystems in its three national parks.
Volcanoes National Park, along the Congo border, is famed for its mountain gorillas but also home to the endangered golden monkey.
RwandAir’s new Airbus 330 which will operate the London Gatwick to Kigali service
The chief tourism officer at the Rwanda Development Board, Belise Kariza, commented: “Rwanda has seen a transformation in recent years and is now becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for premium travellers.
With the new non-stop RwandAir flights to Kigali, and the opening of several premium lodges, Rwanda will be making a big impact as a must-visit country.”
The newly opened Kigali Convention Centre is also driving the transformation of Kigali into a hub for Meetings, Incentive Conferences and Exhibitions.
Rwanda has been named the third best MICE destination in Africa and will also host the World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony in October.
Meanwhile,the latest G650 has taken off from Savannah, Georgia, and headed to the Chinese coastal city of Tianjin to join the fleet of Deer Jet.
This G650 becomes the first private jet of its class registered in mainland China.
Frank Fang, vice president of Deer Jet, said: “We are very honoured to take over the management and operation of the very first G650 registered in China.
“To date, Deer Jet owns three licences to operate a fleet of 90 aircraft worldwide, with two thirds of the jets as managed fleet.
“This new addition demonstrates Deer Jet’s unparalleled 22-years of safety records and operational excellence, in recognition for the company’s global operations capabilities.
“Once again, Deer Jet built a milestone for China’s and the global business aviation industry.
“We created the first private jet company of China, operated the first G450 and G550 in China, and became the first company to operate ultra-long range BBJ and ACJ series in China.
“And most recently, we added to our managed fleet the world’s first BBJ 787.”
The addition of the new G650 marks the start of Deer Jet’s 2017 ambitious plan to further expand its managed fleet.
Already ten more G650/G650ER series are expected to join Deer Jet’s fleet in the near future.