On Monday 21, 12,2020, Uganda’s revived national airline took delivery of its first Airbus A330-800. As Airbus has sold only 14 of the shorter variant of the A330neo, it makes the occasion, which Uganda Airlines’ CEO called a “historic day” for the carrier.This is also the first Airbus jet to be delivered to the Ugandan flag-carrier, re-established only a little over a year ago.
Uganda Airlines intends to deploy its new acquisition and its sister aircraft waiting in the wings on routes from Entebbe to London, Dubai, and Guangzhou. This will make it the first Ugandan airline to fly beyond the African continent in 18 years.
In a statement released Monday, the airline said the delivery heralded a new era in its operations and that it marked the carrier’s re-entry into the long-haul overseas market.
“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,” said Mr Cornwell Muleya, CEO of Uganda Airlines, in the statement seen by Simple Flying.
The second A330-800 is on schedule for delivery in January 2021.