RwandAir orders two CRJ900s

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RwandAir has signed a firm order for two Bombardier CRJ900s, with an additional two options.

The two aircraft have a list price of $89 million, says the airframer. If the two options are exercised, the entire deal would have a total list price of $185 million.

RwandAir, which will become the first CRJ900 operator in eastern Africa, said in January that it plans to replace its two 50-seat CRJ200s with new and larger capacity regional jets.

Calling the 75-seat CRJ900 a "logical upgrade", RwandAir CEO John Mirenge says the carrier's new aircraft will be configured with seven business class seats and 68 economy class seats.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Mike Arcamone says the CRJ900s will allow RwandAir to connect its regional markets that are too large for smaller aircraft but are not big enough for the airline's larger jets to serve efficiently.

The carrier also operates Boeing 737s and a Bombardier Dash 8-200 turboprop.