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Dubai Air Show: Uganda’s Airbus A330Neo shaking Dubai skies few weeks after maiden longhaul routes!

Uganda Airlines will fly four times to Dubai every week (PHOTO /File)

Uganda Airlines Airbus A330neo took time out from its airline schedule to appear at the the competitive Dubai Airshow. Remember the Airline joins this global event few weeks after it begun flying its long-haul international services, with Dubai the initial destination.

On October 4 the Airline flew its first widebody international flight aircraft A330neo 5X-NIL—on display at the Dubai Airshow. It arrived in Dubai from Entebbe to launch a three-times-weekly service. The airline later added a fourth weekly flight on November 3.

This air show event is taking place at Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai, and will run from November 14-18, 2021.

Participating at the show at the invitation of Airbus, the A330-800neo (new engine optimization) is one of two that Uganda Airlines ordered in July 2019, shortly after the state-owned airline itself had re-formed after lying dormant since 2001. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000s, the aircraft is configured with 20 business, 28 premium economy, and 213 economy seats in the latest Airspace cabin interior,all powered with over 1.6m various lighting color systems to suite your mood, environment and time zoning.

This gives Airbus customers unparalleled travel experience.

Talking to our reporter Andrew Irumba at the Dubai airshow on Saturday, Uganda Airlines’ Corporate Affairs and Public Relations Manager Lamar Shakila Rahim, said the Dubai Air show is their opportunity to share their commitment to clean flying with a long-term initiative of flying green and reducing their carbon footprint in the Aviation Industry, as depicted through the improved efficiency of A330neo fleet.

Ag CEO Jenifer Musiime Bamuturaki is among the top brass from Uganda that accompanied the team to grace the occasion.

Reporter’s observations

The bi-annual five-day event, kicking off here today, features more than 1,200 exhibitors including 200 first-time companies, 80 startups, representatives from 148 countries and more than 160 aircraft on display.

Some of the new exhibitors at the event include, Uganda, Israel, Czech Republic and Belgium while companies like Rafael, Elbit, Accenture, Eurosam, NAFFCO and G42 are also participating for the first time.

I have learnt that the show will have a major focus on new technologies, so there will be a brand-new conference stage, Tech Xplore, which will highlight how emerging technologies are helping reboot aviation and changing the entire flying experience

One of the biggest highlights, as always, will be the static park and flying display, which will feature some of the world’s most advanced aircraft.

These include Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, Embraer’s KC-390, the Dassault Rafale, Japan’s Kawasaki C-2, Russian Helicopters’ ANSAT, Ka-52 and Mi-28 helos, and Leonardo’s AW609 and ofcourse Uganda’s Neo.

Our boots are still on ground here in Dubai to connect all the dots for you in real time,in regards to this 2020 Dubai Airshow.

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