Uganda Airline is in the process of adding 6 more aircrafts on its menu of fleet. Three world’s top manufacturers of aircraft are jostling to supply the six aircraft.
Three leading aircraft trio – Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer from Brazil – are said to have submitted their bids to the authorities last week, who also included officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.
Uganda Airlines is currently using Airbus’ A330-800neo which has a capacity of 257 seats and the 76-seat Mitsubishi CRJ-900.
However, the Uganda national carrier is said to favor planes that have a capacity of 100-plus seats due to the ever-changing passenger numbers on different routes. However, the six planes will be bought in two installments of three each.
In their meeting with Ugandan officials, Airbus is said to have offered its A321-LR and A321-XLR aircraft, which have capacities of between 180 and 220.
On the other hand, Boeing is said to have offered its B737 Max family. For instance, the Max-7 has a maximum seating capacity of 172 passengers and can travel in a range of 3,850 nautical miles. The Max-8 has a capacity of 220 passengers and can travel in a range of 3,550 nautical miles.
Delegations from the three airline craft manufacturers were in Kampala last week to meet with Uganda Airline and Ministry of Works and Transport, as well as the Civil Aviation Authority.
The 6 planes will be acquired in two bits with two passengers and one cargo plane first and the second bit as well deliver the same.