Airlines Uganda Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus A330neo

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has delivered the first Airbus A330neo to African carrier Uganda Airlines.

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The flag-carrier airline of Uganda has taken delivery of its very first Airbus A330neo widebody aircraft. The delivery represents a huge milestone for the carrier, which has been established in 2019, as it now can offer flights to new markets with the best possible operational performance.

With the A330-800 aircraft, Uganda Airlines plans to launch long-haul operations with non-stop intercontinental flights to Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Uganda Airlines has ordered the smaller version of the A330neo family, the A330-800.

Cornwell Muleya, CEO at Uganda Airlines, commented: “This is a historic day in the history of Uganda Airlines. We are excited about the delivery of the new A330neo which strengthens our fleet capabilities and introduces the desired service standards for our long-haul operations.”

In total, Uganda Airlines has ordered two A330-800s. The second aircraft is expected to join the fleet in January 2021. Especially after the COVID-19 pandemic has been overcome, Uganda will need the aircraft to re-enter the long-haul market.

It is a new era in the operations of Uganda Airlines, as the new A330neo comes with the latest technologies on board and cutting-edge operational performance. The state-of-the-art advancements make the A330-800 a way more efficient aircraft when compared to aircraft of previous generations.

Airbus stated: “The A330neo is a true new-generation aircraft, building on the features of the popular A330 and using technology developed for the A350. Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and featuring a new wing with increased span and A350-inspired Sharklets, the A330neo provides an unprecedented level of efficiency. The aircraft burns 25% less fuel per seat than previous generation competitors.“

Uganda Airlines has configured its A330-800 with 258 seats. In business-class, 20 passengers will be able to enjoy full-flat beds, in premium-economy 28 passengers can be accommodated while 210 passengers will be seated in economy-class.

Uganda Airlines is the country´s national carrier and operates passenger services in Africa and international markets. Currently, is operates with a fleet of four CRJ900 regional jets. Uganda Airlines was established in 2019.

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