By Our Reporter
African Aviation industry has faced a week of mixed emotions, filled with happiness and sadness.
As we had reported earlier in our news, that Uganda Airlines expected delivery of its second A330neo aircraft from Airbus, it did receive the plane on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 at Entebbe International Airport where a colourful ceremony was held in presence of Uganda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
“The Government of Uganda, today received another brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A330 neo aircraft—an addition to the fleet of Uganda Airlines. This is a boost to tourism, travel, business and investment in the country. Let us promote and patronise our airline and grow the economy.” Said Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda
The delivery marks the completion of the order made by Uganda Airline for the two A330 neo aircrafts. Some of the Ugandan nationals were confused as they couldn’t differentiate the two planes, calling for clarification and demanded to have the two aircrafts parked together at the airport. Despite the similar bodies, the two aircrafts can clearly be differentiated. The recently delivered aircraft has the name of Uganda’s tallest Mountain, Mt. Rwenzori, printed on its body while the first delivered aircraft has the name of Uganda’s dormant volcano Mountain, Mt. Elgon, printed on its body. The mountain names were used as a way to promote Uganda’s tourists attractions across the globe.
On board there were 5 tons of medical goods that are to support neonatal intensive care units in Uganda
George Amutete’s Departure
On another note, East African aviation industry was hit by death of the leading airport wildlife management expert, George Amutete. George was the head of airport wildlife management section at Kenya Airport Authority, KAA. Aviation experts in the region have expressed their sadness and paid tribute to the fallen airport wildlife management expert.
“Amutete serves as a source of inspiration for fellow and future airport wildlife management experts.” Said Harriet Nakazwe, Manager at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
Uganda’s leading wildlife management expert, Gloria Kirabo said that the deceased had great research abilities that contributed immensely on the region’s safety. She added that George was well equipped to handle aviation wildlife management in a professional and environmentally credible manner and that he had knowledge about different species’ behaviour they struggle within the region.