With delivery of its new A330-800neo aircraft imminent, Uganda Airlines is ready for travelers to learn what the in-flight passenger experience will be like as it launches intercontinental services. The Airspace design elements from Airbus are evident throughout the cabin, as expected for a new delivery.
The A zone on board features Stelia‘s Opal business class seats. Fully flat beds with direct aisle access and the RAVE inflight entertainment system will welcome 19 passengers on board. While the cabin is fitted with 20 seats one is equipped to serve as pilot rest for the longer routes the A330 is expected to fly for the carrier.
The economy class cabin is relatively standard for an A330, with 2-4-2 seating. The USB power in the screens will be a welcome option for travelers.
As is typical for new aircraft the LED lighting provides multiple mood options for the airline to create on board.
The aircraft is tipped to have four rows of premium economy seating in a 2-3-2 layout. The company did not include images of that in its release.
The entertainment selections on board will be managed by leading content services provider Inflight Dublin. The five year deal covers quarterly updates to a bespoke content package for Uganda Airlines’ passenger audience, including local and international content. The extensive catalogue also consists of Hollywood movies, TV Shows, Boxsets, Music, Games and Publications.
The addition of the A330 to the fleet is a massive shift in Air Uganda’s strategy. The carrier has, to date, operated regional service on CRJ-900s. Delivery of the first A330-800 is slated for December 2020, with entry into service soon thereafter. Initial destinations are expected to include Dubai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, and London, though Dubai is not shown on the company’s planned routes map.
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That is a beautiful livery, even considering it utilizes the (boring) pattern of white fuselage and tail stripe. But this one makes it work nicely. Maybe someday I will get to return to Uganda and it will be nice to have this new option to consider.