RwandAir has been given a go-ahead to have its passengers fly to the United States through a code- share agreement or wet-lease arrangement with a duly authorised and properly supervised U.S or foreign air carrier.
This is a major milestone as the Rwanda national carrier awaits confirmation for direct flights between Kigali and the U. S. later in the year. The latest development therefore brings it a step closer to realizing that dream.
An order issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicated that the permit became effective on 29 May this year. The airline applied for the permit in March 2017.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is expected to conduct an audit in September for direct flights before Washington can give a green light. The FAA’s audit is a mandatory procedure for airlines seeking a permit to operate direct flights to the United States.
This development comes at a time when Kenya Airways’ first direct flight to the U.S. is scheduled for October 2018. There is no doubt that the stakes in the regional aviation space are getting higher.