Uganda Airlines plans to start flying to Dubai at the end of January 2021, Roger Wamara, the airline’s commercial director has said.
The newly acquired A330-800neo from Airbus will deployed on the route as Uganda Airlines launches its long haul commercial flights, 17 months after the national carrier resumed its operations.
The new A330-800neo touched down at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday morning after a more than seven-hour-flight from Toulouse in France.
On board was Gen. Katumba Wamala, the minister for Works and Transport, Bageya Waiswa, the Ministry of Works and Transport permanent secretary, Fred Bamwesigye, the acting director general of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority and staff of Uganda Airlines.
Captains Micheal Etyang and Nicholas Olsen flew the aircraft, which is an addition to the airlines’ fleet of four CRJ900 Bombadier aircrafts.
Cornwell Muleya, the acting CEO Uganda Airlines, expressed his excitement, noting that the Airbus aircraft “will allow the national carrier to expand its network from the hub of Entebbe International Airport to connect Uganda to intercontinental destinations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe”
The targeted routes are so far from Entebbe to Guangzhou, Dubai and London.
The new aircraft has a total seat capacity of 258 seats. Of these, business class with a 1-2-1 layout, has 20 reclinable seats, premium economy has 28 seats with a 2-3-2 layout while economy class has 210 seats in a 2-4-2 layout.