Uganda’s dream of reviving a national carrier are getting closure to actualization.
This is after Uganda Airlines, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for two A330-800neo, the new version of the best-selling A330 widebody airliner.
The agreement was announced at Farnborough airshow by Ephraim Bagenda, CEO of Uganda Airlines and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
Airbus says the airliner features new wings new Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines, new systems and a new Airspace cabin interior.
In a press statement, Bagenda says this agreement demonstrates our ambition for economic growth supported by a robust aviation industry.
He adds that the aircraft will feature a three-class cabin layout comprising 20 Business, 28 Premium Economy and 213 Economy seats.
“The A330-800neo combines low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels
of comfort. We are looking forward to launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service”, said Ephraim Bagenda.
While Mr Schulz said the A330neo would bring a range of benefits offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin. ” We look forward to see the A330-800neo flying in the colours of Uganda”, said Eric Schulz”, Said Mr Schulz in a press statement.
Launched in July 2014, the A330neo Family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99 percent commonality.
It builds on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330 Family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500 nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation.
The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with increased span and new A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets. The cabin provides the comfort of the new Airspace amenities.