Airbus on Friday pictured the Airbus A330-800neo after getting it out of the paint shop, an indicator that the aircraft manufacturer could make good on it having it shipped into Uganda in December.
"Behold! Uganda Airlines brand new #A330neo rolling out of our paint shop. A proud salute to Uganda's national flag!" the European multinational aerospace corporation posted on Facebook.
In a conversation with Susan Kataike, the senior publication relations officer at the Ministry of Works and Transport, she said the Airbus A330-800neo will arrive in the country in December, without confirming the exact date.
She said the line minister will visit Airbus's manufacturing plant soon to assess the aircraft and prepare for its shipping.
Uganda Airlines chief executive Cornwell Muleya in May said that the national carrier is planning to increase its destinations from 8 to 18 and adding more planes to the fleet will help facilitate this.
"We are looking forward to expanding the network to include the additional 10 routes we are targeting for the regional operation,” Muleya said.
“In relation to international operations, we are still targeting that we will receive the aircraft in the last quarter at least by December 2020 so that early in the new year we can launch our operations,” he went on.
“We are targeting mainly three connections to overseas markets, which is Dubai, London as well as the Chinese market in Guangzhou.”
According to aircraftcompare.com, the A330neo variant was retailing for $259.9 million in 2018, it has a range of 8,150 nautical miles, and can seat up to 406 passengers.
It also features one of the shortest runway requirements among all the new generation aircraft that makes it the best fit for smaller airlines at smaller airports.