The Minister of State for Transport, Hon. Fred Byamukama on Monday 23rd August officiated at the handover ceremony of the Aircraft Operator Certificate issued to Uganda Airlines’ Airbus A330-800neo.
The National carrier recently acquired an additional two Aircraft, the Airbus A330-800neo. With this addition to the fleet, it was imperative that the airline acquires an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) for the Airbus. The AOC was granted eight months later by Uganda Civil aviation Authority (UCAA) after a rigorous process.
This certificate allows the airline to use the aircraft for commercial purposes. The certification process requires the operator to have personnel, assets and system in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.
The Airline is expected to launch its long haul flights this October starting with Dubai, followed closely by London and Guangzhou. Currently, Uganda Airlines flies to Nairobi, Bujumbura, Mogadishu, Juba, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Mombasa, and Kinshasa.
Present at the handover ceremony was the Permanent Secretary, Bageya Waiswa, the Director of Transport, Benon Kajuna, the Acting Director General UCAA, Fred Bamwesigye and the Acting CEO Uganda Airlines, Jennifer Bamuturaki.
The Airbus A330-800neo a state of the art aircraft has competitive features that make it enjoyable and comfortable. Some of these features include full lie flat chairs in Business class, onboard Wi-Fi access throughout the aircraft, inflight entertainment system and increased legroom for all classes.