KAMPALA —Uganda Airlines has completed an extensive mandatory training of more than 40 of its cabin crew members in safety emergency procedures including evacuation of passengers, first Aid, fire fighting, ditching (water landing), smoke evacuation and crew incapacitation among others.
According to sources, the comprehensive trainings are in preparation for flights on the newly acquired brand new Airbus A330-800 Neo, set to begin soon.
Required type rating trainings have been carried out in Toulouse (Airbus Europe manufacturing Base), Dubai (Emirates Aviation Academy) and the latest have been carried out at Base (Entebbe).
In Toulouse (France), the Uganda Airlines crew and aircraft dispatchers trained by Airbus instructors were offered an Airbus manufacturer’s training on a A330-800neo.
In Dubai at the Emirates Academy, cabin crew were trained ditching drills, Airbus A330-800 Neo specifics training including shouted commands and exit operations in a normal and abnormal situation.
“All these trainings including the ones carried out recently on Wednesday and Thursday at the Hub (Entebbe) were carried out by certified UCAA (Uganda Civil Aviation Authority) ATO- (Approved Training Organisation),” a source said.
All the above trainings are a means of compliance as required by the regulator (UCAA) for operations of commercial Airlines before certification.
It should be noted that with the fulfillment of the above requirements in line with other departmental engagements and fulfillment towards the same goal, it puts the young Airline in its final stages of being completely certified with an AOC (Air Operator Certificate) for the two lately acquired Airbus A330-800neo.
“This means that esteemed passengers and Ugandans at large should happily prepare for the Uganda airlines long haul (long route) flights,” the source said, adding: “The Airline will be largely privileged to expand your choice of destinations.”