Uganda First Airbus Arrives Entebbe International Airport

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On Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020. Uganda received the first of the two brand new flag-carriers meant to boost tourism and travel across the continent and beyond. The A300neo that cost Uganda about Shs5 trillion.

“This is a historic day in the history of Uganda Airlines. We are excited about the delivery of the new A300neo which strengthens our fleet capabilities and introduces the desired service standards for our long-haul operations,” said Mr Conwel Muleya, the chief executive officer of Uganda Airlines, in a press statement on Wednesday.

The airbus took about seven and a half hours from Toulouse in France to Entebbe Airport.
According to Uganda Airlines, the new craft is planned to take on new routes including Guangzhou and Beijing Cities in China, Heathrow Airport in the UK, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

President Museveni tweeted after receiving the brand new airbus saying “Congratulations to @UGAirlines as they receive a new A330neo aircraft. The revived Uganda Airlines will support our economic growth by facilitating transport and tourism. It will be a major boost if the $400m Ugandans spend annually on air travel comes to our own airline.”

The President graced the ceremony which some NRM supporters called “a sign of steady progress,” even as Opposition groups accused Mr Museveni’s government of killing Uganda Airlines only to realize its significance after nearly two decades in limbo.

Uganda Airlines operates a fleet of four CRJ900 Bombardiers mainly within the region and South Africa. The two airbuses, with one expected to be delivered in January, would make them six.

Uganda Professional Pilot’s Association (UPPA) where not left out in the action. They felt proud of Uganda Airlines Chief pilot, Michile Etiang, who delivered the plane with another colleague.

In a tweet on Wednesday, UPPA wrote: “To Captain Etiang, Eng Kalisa and the entire flight crew, thank you for a job well done, welcome home. #A330 is here…”

The airbus took about seven and a half hours from Toulouse in France to Entebbe Airport.

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