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AviaDev Insight is the first podcast dedicated to the African aviation industry.

We bring prominent industry voices to the table to establish the "ground truth" in an informal and candid fashion.

The podcast was created by Jon Howell, Founder and Managing Director of AviaDev Africa, Africa's premier event dedicated to developing air connectivity.

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Mar 1, 2023

For this episode, you find me on location in the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda.

AviaDev’s relationship with Rwanda and RwandAir goes back to 2016 when AviaDev was born in Kigali.

My guest today is the CEO of RwandAir, Yvonne Manzi Makolo who took the reins of the airline in 2018.

Yvonne comes from a telecommunications background rather than aviation, although she’s now firmly immersed in our community and the airline continues to develop with new routes, new aircraft, and a renewed focus on cargo operations.

In this podcast we discuss:

✈️ would Yvonne consider herself an #avgeek ?
✈️ what’s the current network strategy?
✈️ what’s driving the new focus on cargo business with the arrival of a Boeing 737-800 freighter?
✈️ the latest on the partnership/ strategic investment from Qatar
✈️ Yvonne’s priorities as she becomes the first African and first female to chair the board of governors
✈️ The impact of the Arsenal F.C sponsorship from Visit Rwanda on traffic and awareness
⚽️ Is Yvonne an Arsenal fan? 

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