The YiteNawe competition, launched by RwandAir some weeks ago to received broadbased proposals for the names of the airline’s first ever wide-body aircraft due for delivery next year, has drawn to a close.
Yesterday, RwandAir publicly announced the winning nominations, being ‘Murage’ by Thierry Hakizimfura and ‘Ubumwe ‘ by Therese Ayinkamiye. Broadly translated, the first name will signify ‘Inheritance’ while the second name chosen stands for ‘Unity’ – two key words with a huge significance to the new Rwanda which has emerged in recent years. The two brand-new aircraft will join the RwandAir fleet in September and December 2016 respectively and then permit the airline to launch long-haul flights from Kigali to China, India and Europe.
Meanwhile, with two more new Boeing B737-800NG SkyInteriors also joining Africa’s fastest-growing airline with the youngest fleet on the continent, speculation is rife that aircraft already on the registry and the additional Boeings may also eventually be named and drawing names relevant to the country’s number one economic sector, tourism, would be the most likely source. Rwanda’s national parks, Akagera, Gishwati-Mukura, Nyungwe and Volcanoes (in alphabetical order) would make splendid advertising for the attractions the “Land of a Thousand Hills” holds while others could be drawn from the country’s scenic attractions, like Lake Kivu or the names of the five volcanoes which make up the national park itself.