Kigali’s RwandAir has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner, in an order valued at approximately $33 million based on list prices.

RwandAir CEO John Mirenge said, “As demand for domestic and regional travel in Africa accelerates, our 67-seat, dual-class Q400 NextGen aircraft will ensure RwandAir is well positioned to offer increased capacity on popular routes that are being opened and serviced with our 37-seat Bombardier Dash 8-200 aircraft." He added that the aircraft will be used to develop the carrier’s domestic and regional market and to “firmly support RwandAir on our path toward growth and increased profitability.”

Bombardier said RwandAir will become the 12th operator of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft in Africa, and its Q400 NextGen aircraft will join more than 40 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft that are already in service with, or have been ordered by, 11 operators in nine countries in Africa.