Uganda’s New Airbus A330neo Routes Designed, Check Out Where It Will Fly!

Uganda’s New Airbus A330neo Routes Designed, Check Out Where It Will Fly!

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By Frank Kamuntu

Kampala: Having taken delivery of the first of its two brand new Airbus A330neos, we thought we would take a look at what routes Uganda Airlines plans to operate the aircraft on.  Before the new A330neos arrival, Uganda Airlines was limited to flying short-haul routes within Africa to places like Nairobi, Lusaka, and Dar es Salaam.

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Uganda Airlines A330neo Can Seat 258 Passengers. Image Airbus

According to the aviation enthusiast website, Planespotter.net, Uganda Airlines entire fleet was made up of just four Bombardier CRJ-900s with an average age of 1.6-years. Uganda Airlines plan is to operate the twin-engine regional jets on short-haul routes linking Kampala with other African capitals.

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Uganda Airlines Is Targeting Tourists

Before the A330neos were ordered from Airbus, the government-backed airline saw tourism as a big money-maker for the country already accounting for nearly 8% of its GDP. While this was done pre-COVID-19, Uganda Airlines still sees tourism as the future of the airline.

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Historically, the landlocked East African nation looked at Europe as a source of tourist revenue but later started to promote “The Pearl of Africa”, targeting to emerge markets in the Middle East and Asia. With the long-range A330neo aircraft in its fleet, Uganda Airlines can offer tourists non-stop flights directly to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). According to a recent tweet by the airlines, its first long-haul flights will be to the following destinations:

  • London Heathrow (LHR)
  • Dubai (DXB)
  • Guangzhou (CAN)
  • Mumbai (BOM)Uganda Airlines will initially fly to four long-haul destinations. Image GCmaps

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Uganda Airlines Will Initially Fly To Four Long-haul Destinations. Image GCmaps

The Uganda Tourist Board feels that the availability to fly non-stop to Uganda from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia will be a strong selling point. This, combined with the A330neos superior passenger comfort, should give Uganda an advantage over East African neighbours like Kenya and Tanzania.

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