By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda Airlines is poised to launch long-haul services after adding the Airbus A330-800 aircraft to the company’s AOC.
The Airline acquired the two A330 neo late last year with the first touching down at the country’s Entebbe International Airport 40 km south of the Capital Kampala in late December 2020.
The East African carrier, which is now just a regional operator, intends to use the widebody aircraft on services from Entebbe (EBB) to intercontinental destinations, including Dubai (DXB), Guangzhou (CAN), London (LHR) and Mumbai (BOM).
BOM has replaced Beijing (PEK) on the roster of initial destinations to be operated with the A330 that the carrier originally announced in December 2020.
According to Ag Executive Director Uganda Airlines Jennifer Bamuturaki, over-haul flights begin in October with Dubai and London in November as other routes will be added sooner after.
Today Tuesday 24th August A330-800NEO flew to Bujumbura and will fly to Nairobi on Friday 27 August 2021, Jennifer added.
Three of the routes from EBB are currently unserved by nonstop flights, while the DXB route will see Uganda Airlines compete with both Emirates and fly Dubai.
Bamuturaki further added that, the joint venture will improve the airlines amid the headwinds presented by the global health crisis. She noted that they are putting in place systems to make Uganda Airlines competitive globally.