Uganda Airlines confirms order for two A330neo aircraft


Uganda Airlines, the national carrier of Uganda, has firmed up its order for two A330-800 airliners, previously announced last year.

Airbus on 3 April said Uganda Airlines plans to use the A330-800 to build its medium and long-haul network with the aircraft.

News of the deal first emerged at the Farnborough airshow in July 2018.

The government of long-ruling President Yoweri Museveni said restarting the national carrier will help Uganda take a slice of the region’s growing aviation business and also invigorate the service sector of the economy.

An iteration of Airbus’ A330 widebody airliner, the A330-800neo features new wings and Rolls-Royce’s new generation Trent 7000 engines.

Founded by Ugandan former dictator Idi Amin in 1976, Uganda Airlines was liquidated in the 1990s by Museveni’s government under a broader programme to privatise troubled state firms and open the economy to private enterprise.

The country is keen to expand its aviation industry, as it prepares to start pumping crude oil from fields in its west, a development expected drive up business traveller arrivals.

A new international airport, financed partly with UK credit, is being built near the oilfields, primarily to service them.

Once completed it will be the country’s second international airport after Entebbe, south of Kampala, which is being expanded with a loan from China to handle more passengers and cargo.