Uganda Airlines has consolidated its order for two A330neo planes, the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus has confirmed.
“Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda has firmed up its order for two A330- 800 airliners, the latest version of the most popular A330 widebody airliner,” Airbus company said in a statement.
The French company says fitted with new airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330neo will bring a range of “benefits” to Uganda Airlines and its customers.
“It will also offer unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin. Uganda Airlines plans to use the A330-800 to build its medium and long-haul network with the aircraft offering cutting edge technology along with more efficient operations.”
The two Airbuses will be delivered in 2020 and will enable Uganda Airlines to have a crack at international routes.
The A330neo aircraft spots the latest cutting technology Roll-Royce Trent 7000 engines, with latest advancement in aerodynamics and can almost carry 260 passengers.
The aircraft that Airbus will deliver to Uganda Airlines will have 20 Business, 28 Premium Economy and 213 Economy seats.
Uganda recently embarked on a mission to revive its national carrier that had collapsed over 20 years ago.
The revival of the Uganda Airlines was kick started with a feasibility study by the National Planning Authority which reviewed the successes and failures of airlines globally with a bias on Africa and putting in consideration the failure of the previous national carrier.
The report claimed that government loses $540m annually to passengers coming and leaving Entebbe airport using other carriers and thus recommended that with the revival of the airline, Uganda would generate revenue of the same figure in a 15-year period off operational and investment costs.
The National Planning report also recommended the CRJ 900 and Airbus A300-200 series as the most appropriate aircraft types for regional and international operations.
The report dissuaded government from leasing aircrafts stating it was better to buy in order to maximise financial economic benefits.