Uganda national carrier receives second Airbus A330-800neo aircraft

Xinhua

 Uganda on Tuesday received its second Airbus A330neo aircraft, bringing the total fleet to six as the national carrier.

Ugandan Airlines continues with revival efforts.

The A330neo aircraft touched down at Entebbe International Airport, 40kms south of the capital Kampala on Tuesday as few invited guests due to COVID-19 guidelines cheered.

The country received a similar aircraft in January.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who received the aircraft thanked Ugandan pilots and aircraft engineers for playing a critical role in offering technical guidance to the government in restarting Uganda Airlines.

According to the carrier, the two new aircraft will soon start making direct flights to Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“The successful delivery is an affirmation of Ugandan Airlines’ ambition to start long haul operation and this new wide-body pair will serve the carrier’s international network expansion.

“With flights from its hub at Entebbe International Airport,’’ said the airline in a statement on Tuesday.

Ugandan Airlines collapsed in 2001 after it faced financial difficulties.

It was liquidated after years of making losses.

Uganda began flight operations in August 2019, with the four Bombardiers CRJ900 for regional flights.

Government is optimistic that the revival of the national flag carrier will boost the country’s economic growth and tourism.

Ugandans spend more than 400 million dollars on air travel annually.