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Uganda Airlines Explores Boeing Partnership: President Museveni Greenlights Acquisition of Four Aircraft

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  • While official confirmation is pending from the Ugandan presidency, Uganda Airlines, and Boeing, President Museveni did acknowledge a meeting with a Boeing delegation led by Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing’s Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa (META) region, on his social media accounts on April 22nd.
  • Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly approved the purchase of four new aircraft for the national carrier, Uganda Airlines, signaling a potential departure from their current primary aircraft supplier, Airbus.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly approved the purchase of four new aircraft for the national carrier, Uganda Airlines, signaling a potential departure from their current primary aircraft supplier, Airbus.

The speculated deal includes the acquisition of two passenger Boeing 787 Dreamliners, indicating a strategic shift towards Boeing aircraft.

News of the potential purchase surfaced from Ugandan outlet 256 Business News, citing undisclosed sources familiar with the matter.

These sources suggest that alongside two passenger Dreamliners, President Museveni has given the green light for the purchase of two freighter aircraft: a B737-800F and a B777.

While official confirmation is pending from the Ugandan presidency, Uganda Airlines, and Boeing, President Museveni did acknowledge a meeting with a Boeing delegation led by Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing’s Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa (META) region, on his social media accounts on April 22nd.

During this meeting, Museveni expressed the airline’s intentions for fleet expansion, encompassing both cargo and passenger aircraft. He also discussed plans for establishing maintenance capabilities within Uganda, potentially leveraging existing infrastructure in neighboring countries like Ethiopia for heavier maintenance until Uganda’s fleet grows sufficiently large for in-house maintenance.

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In contrast, Airbus, Uganda Airlines’ current primary aircraft provider, is understood to be proposing solutions aligned with the existing Airbus fleet, emphasizing operational continuity and cost-effectiveness.

Uganda Airlines currently operates two Airbus A330-800N widebody jets, a leased A320-200, and four CRJ900LRs for regional routes. Introducing four Boeing aircraft would diversify the airline’s fleet, potentially bringing operational complexities and increased costs.

It’s worth noting Boeing’s current production challenges, including slowdowns and backlogs for B737 and B787 models, along with the absence of B777 deliveries in 2024 according to their first-quarter financial results.

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