- In Kenya, waiters in restaurants can now turn tips into savings
- African currencies under pressure on US interest rates
- How Kenya is growing tourist numbers from the Middle East
- Africa Climate Venture gets $1.08M from FSD Africa
- The rise and rise of Africa’s art market
- Puzzle of Kenya’s low forex reserves amid huge debt obligations
- Kenyan startup Eldohub linking tech talents with SMEs
- Mombasa startups reducing marine plastic waste win $50,000
In its fight against Covid-19 Rwanda has opted to have robots replace humans when coming into contact with infected persons.
With the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Rwanda is to deploy its second set of three ‘THOR UVC’ robots.
What are these avenger bots all about? As its name suggests, the THOR ultra-violet (UVC) uses UVC to disinfect. Using room mapping technology, THOR UVC is able to go around a given cleaning space and disinfect it efficiently.
It uses UVC energy to kill germs and pathogens that way, the robots minimize contact of persons with the pathogens. So the deployment of the THOR UVC robots will help clean and disinfect Covid-19 risk areas like hospitals.
The robots will also serve to disinfect areas of mass gathering like border areas and market places as well as office spaces.
This second dispatch of robots was handed over on …
RwandAir announced that it will resume flights to Africa with flights to Cotonou, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Lusaka, Libreville and Kilimanjaro as it gradually picks pace to shake off the challenges endured during the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, Dubai is RwandAir’s only destination outside Africa but the airline has plans to resume flights to Tel Aviv, London and Guangzhou.
Kigali International Airport also receives flights departing for Brussels, Johannesburg, Dakar and to Addis Ababa, with connections to the United States via Ethiopian Airlines.
Since rebranding in 2009, the airline has not turned profitable despite consuming over $2 billion in public funds and loans.
Although it has expressed confidence that an increase in economic activity and tourism will spur it to profitability.
As other regional airlines begin to resume flights and many on the same route, RwandAir will have to brace itself for competition
Measures have been put in place for those …
Qatar Airways is in talks to buy a 49 per cent stake in RwandAir, its chief executive said.
Qatar Airways is also interested in doubling its holding in LATAM Airlines Group to 20 per cent with an objective of having equal stake with Delta Air Lines in LATAM.
Although no details have yet been revealed, like the amount of money Qatar airways is spending on the stake, the purchase will mean the government of Rwanda will remain with a controlling stake of 51 per cent in the airline.
Industry analysts say for both airlines the deal is a win-win situation and that owning shares in a growing African airline like RwandAir will act as a springboard for Qatar Airways into the African aviation market.
Also Read: RwandAir face competition from Kenya’s budget carrier
Qatar Airways acquiring a stake in RwandAir would widen its reach and potentially help the Airways bypass …
Kenya’s low-cost carrier Jambojet on Monday made its first trip to Kigali International Airport as it launched scheduled flights between the Rwanda’s capital and Nairobi, bringing competition to RwandAir.
With the launch of once daily flights from its Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub, Jambojet officially becomes the first low-cost carrier to fly the route.
READ ALSO:Jambojet cuts fares by 50 per cent in 72 hour sale offer
This now brings competition to RwandAir’s doorstep which also flies to Nairobi at least three times a day. It operates domestic and international services to East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Southern Africa, Europe the Middle East and Asia, from its main base at Kigali International Airport in Kigali.
READ ALSO:RwandAir eyes more presence in New Zealand and Australia
READ:Qatar Airways plans to buy shares from RwandAir
Jambojet which recently expanded their fleet with two brand new De Havilland Dash …
Qatar Airways plans to buy shares that RwandAir is in the process of selling, the succession of the deal is expected to shake up the country’s aviation industry.
Aviation experts say by Qatar buying shares in RwandAir, it could enable it to solidify its presence in the African market given its current woes with its Gulf neighbours.
Qatar Airways was banned from flying over Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates. since mid -2017 it was also banned in Bahrain due to a dispute between it and the Gulf states. Therefore, buying a stake in the RwandAir will support its expansion into Africa as an alternative market after the ban from its key markets.
Despite still making loses, RwandAir has been expanding over the past decade, due to financial injections from the government, many of which are from external loans like the Eurobond.
With Qatar buying shares in RwandAir, it …