Uganda Airlines is today adding to its fleet a brand the Airbus a330 -800 Neo, the first of its kind on the African continent.
The newly revamped national carrier ordered two of these series as it prepares to start on long haul flights.
The first Airbus is being received today at Entebbe International Airport. President Yoweri Museveni is expected at the chief guest at the event.
Aboard the wide body aircraft — which by publication of this story was just an hour away from Entebbe–, is a team of about 30 government officials and experts who travelled to Toulouse in France to receive the aircraft.
Minister of Works and Transport, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala also told reporters in France that the aircraft would be piloted home by Ugandans.
“You remember when this airline was being established, one of the reasons was that we have many Ugandans with a lot of qualifications scattered all over and are giving services to other people. Why not give the services to Uganda?” he said
Speaking about the delivery over the weekend, Uganda Airlines CEO Cornwell Muleya described this as historic.
“We are excited about the delivery of the new A330 NEO which strengthens our fleet capabilities and introduces the desired service standards for the long haul operations,” he said.
The Uganda Airlines A330s are expected to be put on routes to Europe, Asia and the Middle East