Kuwait-based National Aviation Services (NAS), the fastest growing aviation services provider in the emerging markets, has announced a joint venture agreement with Rwanda’s national flag carrier, RwandAir.
The venture, now known as ‘NASRwandAi’r Limited, will be the exclusive lounge management company at Kigali International Airport (KIA).
NASRwandAir is tasked with the construction and development of two new lounges at KIA, the RwandAir Dream Lounge dedicated to the airline’s premium passengers and an arrivals lounge. The joint venture will also take over management of the existing NAS Pearl Lounge in the departures area which caters to other airline passengers as well.
“The NASRwandAir joint venture is part of many initiatives RwandAir is putting in place to upgrade its business class service across its value chain, from dedicated areas at its town offices to fast track and quality services at airports, upgraded amenities and full-flat bed seats in our wide-bodied aircraft.” said Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO of RwandAir.”
“Business class passengers are extremely important to us and we have chosen to partner with NAS due to their track record in delivering results to premier customers,” she added.
“By partnering with RwandAir, one of Africa’s fastest growing airline, we have reaffirmed our commitment to the aviation sector in Rwanda,” explained Hassan El Houry, Group CEO of NAS.
“Rwanda, as a country has demonstrated remarkable development and is an important geography for NAS in Africa. As we grow our footprint in the region, we continue to drive efforts to bring high quality international services into the country and further contribute to its growth,” he added.
Established in 2003, NAS quickly transformed from a Kuwait-based ground handling company into an emerging markets leader in the industry. NAS is present in over 30 airports across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, handling seven of the world’s top 10 airlines and managing more than 31 airport lounges.
Meanwhile, RwandAir is reputed for its excellent on-time performance, customer service and safety, and has one of the youngest fleet on the African continent. With a fleet of twelve aircraft including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, the airline currently reaches out to 26 destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.