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Uganda Airlines’ receives second AirBus A330neo

The Uganda Airlines has received its second AirBus A330neo Aircraft at Entebbe International Airport which has completed the country’s national career order of two A330neo aircrafts from the manufacturer which comes after the first which was received in December 2020.

The delivery, according to the Uganda Airlines, is an ‘affirmation’ of the national airliner’s ambition to start long distance flights.

The airline said the new wide-body pair will serve its international network expansion with flights from Entebbe International Airport (the hub), to intercontinental destinations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

The Uganda Airlines highlighted some features that the new aircraft possesses.

“The A330neo addition to Uganda Airlines fleet offers #ANewWorld of greater connectivity for the travellers, superior comfort and the best passenger experience with its unique Airspace Cabin with 20 full-flat business – class beds, 28 premium – economy seats and 210 economy – class seats, totaling 258 seats; the quietest cabin in its category, high definition video, 3D capabilities touch screen and WiFi connectivity.”

The minister for Works and Transport Gen. Katumba Wamala said that Uganda Airlines is 100% owned by the government of Uganda, refuting claims that the country owns only 0.2% of the shares as per social media claims.

“Uganda Airlines, whose new A330neo is being received today, is 100% owned by the government of Uganda, with ministry of works and ministry of Finance as the two shareholders, each ministry holding 50% shares,” he said.

The acquisition of a second Airbus brings the national carrier’s fleet to six aircrafts after four 72- seater Bombadier CRJ9OOs that arrived earlier for shorter regional routes.

Let Out News understands that $145m (Shs 536 bn) was paid by the government for the two aircraft as the airline prepares to start operating long-haul flights to Dubai, London, Guangzhou and India.

Experts say that flights to Dubai, London and China will be a step in the right direction since the country has a lot of interests in those destinations.

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