Uganda Airlines orders for latest Airbus, Bombardier aircrafts
Plans for the revival of the national carrier – Uganda Airlines got a boost when the newly created Uganda National Airlines Company Ltd made orders for six airplanes.
Uganda Airlines Cheif Executive Officer (CEO) Ephraim Bagenda on Wednesday signed two separate agreements with Airbus SE and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft placing “firm orders” for the airplanes.
Airbus SE announced that Uganda Airlines had signed for two A330-800neo, the new version of the best-selling A330 wide body airliner, featuring new wings new Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines, new systems and a new Airspace cabin interior.
The agreement was announced at Farnborough airshow by Ephraim Bagenda, CEO of Uganda Airlines and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
“Uganda Airlines plans to use the A330-800neos to build its international long-haul network with the aircraft offering cutting-edge technologies along with most efficient operations,” the statement from Airbus partly reads.
From Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, Uganda Airlines placed an order worth $190m (Shs 712.5bn) for four new CRJ900 regional jets.
“We congratulate the Government of Uganda for the revival of its national flag carrier, and are thrilled that the new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets for its upcoming debut,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.
“Recognized for its superior economics and efficiency, the CRJ Series aircraft have enabled airlines worldwide to serve communities with better connectivity, and we look forward to supporting the development of Uganda’s regional air travel with these CRJ900 regional jets,” he added.
The purchase is going to make Uganda Airlines the first operator of the new CRJ Series ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in Africa.
“We are delighted to have ordered the world’s leading regional jet, and we look forward to providing the most modern passenger experience in regional aviation to the people of Uganda and across Africa,” said Bagenda.
The CRJ900 planes will come in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats.
The A330-800neo aircraft will feature a three-class cabin layout comprising 20 Business, 28 Premium Economy and 213 Economy seats.
“This agreement demonstrates our ambition for economic growth supported by a robust aviation industry. The A330-800neo combines low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are looking forward to launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service”, said Bagenda.
Schulz said the A330neo will bring a range of benefits offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin.