Uganda Airlines took over the first of the two brand new ones Airbus A330-800 neo. The aircraft, which was captained by Captain Michael Etyang, touched down at Entebbbe International Airport on 22 December 2020 at 10.30 for a water greeting.
Receiving the plane was Uganda’s president, HE general Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who warned the airline against corruption.
Prior to the occasion, he sent a congratulatory message saying, “Congratulations! The revived Uganda Airlines will support our economic growth by facilitating transportation and tourism. It will be a big boost if the Ugandans of $ 400 million a year spend on flights to our own airline. ”
A delegation was led by the Minister of Labor, General Katumba Wamala, with officials from Uganda’s civil aviation authority, Uganda Airlines and the Ministry of Finance leaving Toulouse, France, to officially receive the plane.
As justification for the trip, Wamala explained that a technical team had previously traveled to examine all the details as well as check the manual and the aircraft physically. This is what ministries and departments go through in pre-delivery inspection to confirm what is in the manual that is the actual aircraft.
“I feel very proud. Not only do we get an asset of this kind, but that the guys behind the cockpit are Ugandans. When the airline was established, we noticed that we had very many Ugandans with many qualifications scattered everywhere who provided services to other people. Why not provide these services to Ugandans? So I am very happy, ”he said.
Cornwell Mulewa, CEO of Uganda Airlines, who was also in the delegation, commented: “This is a historic day in the history of Uganda Airlines. We are pleased with the delivery of the new A330 neo, which strengthens our fleet functions and introduces the desired service standards for long-distance operations. ”
The latest airbus press release on their website states that this generation of airbus is considered the ideal aircraft to operate as part of the COVID-19 recovery.
The new aircraft adds the former fleet of 4 CRJ 900 the first was delivered in April 2019. The second Airbus A330-800 neo is expected in January 2021.