By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Uganda Airlines recently took delivered two new A330-800neos. Based on what has been revealed so far, Uganda Airlines plans to fly its A330-800neos to Dubai, Guangzhou, London, and Mumbai, though up until details of the timeline have been limited. It looks like we now have a better sense of the first long-haul route that the airline may launch.
While some are reporting that this service will actually commence as of March 28, 2021, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Roger Wamala, Uganda Airlines’ Commercial Director, has stated that the airline isn’t ready to start service yet.
With slot requirements currently being waived at Heathrow, the airline can maintain the slots for now without actually having to operate the service. Frankly that’s probably for the best, given the lack of demand and travel restrictions at the moment.
This also raises the question of how exactly Uganda Airlines secured these slots, and if they’re just for the summer season, or what.
Meanwhile, we have learnt that Uganda Airlines has allegedly secured slots to serve London Heathrow and could start flights as early as late March (in terms of slots). However, the airline isn’t quite ready to launch this route. That’s because the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority hasn’t cleared the carrier’s A330-800neos to fly, plus the current UK lockdown makes these flights impractical for now.