A330-800-Uganda-Airlines jet

The revamped 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 wide body airliner.

Fitted with the new Airspace by Airbus cabin, the A330neo will bring a range of benefits to Uganda Airlines and its customers, offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin.

Uganda Airlines’ A330-800s will be configured to accommodate 261 passengers in a tri-class layout – 20 in Business Class, 28 in Premium Economy and 213 in Economy Class. It is not yet known on which routes the African airline operator will deploy its new planes.

According to the European manufacturer, Uganda’s flag carrier plans to use the A330-800s to develop its medium and long-haul network. The state-owned company currently has no aircraft in its fleet.

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 including state-of-the-art passenger inflight entertainment and Wifi connectivity systems, amongst others.

Founded in May 1976, Uganda Airlines started operations in 1977. But the airline ceased operations in 2001 due to financial difficulties.

In 2018, after long discussions and consultations, the government decided to relaunch Uganda Airlines with six new aircraft.

Apart from the two Airbus A330-800, the airline has four Bombardier CRJ900ER in its order book waiting to be delivered.