Rwandair Express and Brussels Airlines sign codeshare partnership

Since the beginning of the summer season 2009, Rwandair Express and Brussels Airlines offer codeshare flights between Kigali and Brussels. Rwanda’s national airline now sells tickets on flights to the European capital, operated by the Belgian carrier. This way, Rwandair perfectly penetrates the Belgian market and Brussels Airlines reinforces its position on the African market.

Rwandair Express and Brussels Airlines are offering codeshare flights between Belgium and Rwanda since Tuesday 31 March. For Rwandair Express, this codeshare agreement means a perfect penetration into the European market. This agreement does not only mean a direct connection between Brussels and Kigali, it also offers numerous possibilities for connections to other African and European destinations through Kigali or Brussels.

This new partnership with a local Rwandan airline clearly shows how important the African and, more specific, the Rwandan market is for Brussels Airlines. The Belgian airline is delighted with this agreement and hopes that it will tighten the relationship with Rwanda. Also, this agreement reinforces Brussels Airlines position as one of the major players on the African market.

The commercial deal between Brussels Airlines and Rwandair Express enables the Rwandan airline to sell 10 seats in economy class (as a marketing carrier) on all 3 weekly flights between Kigali and Brussels, operated by Brussels Airlines. This offers Rwandair clients the flexibility of booking online or buying tickets through any of the Rwandair offices in Eastern or Southern Africa and fly out to Brussels direct from Kigali on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This agreement also reinforces the presence of Brussels Airlines on the Rwandan market.

All 3 weekly codeshare flights will be operated by the Belgian airline with one of their 4 Airbuses 330-300 under a SN and a WB flight code.

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 17,000 daily flights to over 1,200 airports in 190 countries.

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