Toulouse - Uganda Airlines has finalized an order for two Airbus A330-800. The slow-selling variant of the A330neo family finally recorded a firm order from the second customer after a long time.
The only customer of the Airbus's A330-800 was so far Kuwait Airways with eight copies. The smaller variant of the Airbus A330neo family has not been able to catch the same sales success as its sister A330-900. Airlines prefer the larger and more cost-effective A330-900.
Although Airbus A330-800 offers more flight range compared with Airbus A330-900, airlines' favorite wide-bodies for long-haul routes are more capable Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.
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.
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.