Uganda Airlines signs engine maintenance deal with Rolls Royce


By Contributing Editor Achola Rosario

(Posted 19th February 2021)

Rolls-Royce has signed a TotalCare® agreement with new customer Uganda Airlines for their two new Airbus A330-800Neo aircraft powered exclusively by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. Uganda Airlines received their two A330neo, first in December 2020 and second in early February 2021.

TotalCare® offers more than just an engine maintenance plan; it is a service concept based upon predictability and reliability. This agreement will give Uganda Airlines a secured cost of operating and maintaining their Trent 7000 engines, through a dollar-per-flying-hour payment mechanism, as well as
enhanced aircraft availability as a result of our in-depth engine knowledge that only we can provide, drawing on advanced engine health monitoring and the inclusion of product durability and reliability improvements.

The exclusive engine for the A330neo, the Trent 7000 is the seventh and latest member in the Trent family of engines, which recently celebrated its 25th birthday and has accumulated more than 150 million engine flying hours. The Trent 7000, which first entered service in November 2018, draws on more than 50 million flying hours of experience from the Trent 700, the engine of choice for the original version of the A330. The 68-72,000lb thrust Trent 7000 helps the A330neo reduce environmental impact with a 25% improvement in fuel burn per seat (compared to previous generation competitor aircraft) and a significant
noise reduction.

Cornwell Muleya, CEO of Uganda Airlines, said: “We are proud to include our new Rolls-Royce powered Airbus A330neos into our fleet and this agreement will ensure that our Trent 7000 engines will be maintained to world-leading levels of service.”

John Kelly, Senior Vice President Customers, Rolls-Royce, said: “Our TotalCare agreement will ensure Uganda Airlines, the latest member of the family of Trent operators, receives our flagship standard of service, maximising aircraft availability and the ability to plan forward financially.”

Uganda Airlines is now in the final stage of preparations to launch long haul operations with Dubai named as first intercontinental destination.

Also on the drawing board are flights to London, Mumbai and Guangzhou. will inform readers once the launch dates have been confirmed.

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