RwandaAir is planning to launch nonstop flights to the United States.
If cleared, RwandaAir will compete for passengers with Kenya Airways (KQ), which launched direct flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi and New York's JFK Airport three months ago.
RwandAir is currently seeking approval from the relevant US authorities for Category One Status.
The competition for a share of the lucrative American market has also seen another KQ regional rival, Ethiopian Airlines launch flights to JFK International Airport in New York from June 2019.
Ethiopian announced it will introduce three flights a week to JFK Airport in New York, adding to its existing flights to the Newark International Airport in New Jersey.
The entry of Ethiopian Airlines to New York and possible entry of RwandAir to the US is expected to give KQ a run for its money even as all three airlines serve the same East African region.
The move is also likely to dent KQ's bid to return to profit ways because the US direct flights are one of its recovery strategies after making losses running into billions of shillings in the past few years.