Uganda Airlines plans first long-haul routes

The carrier, currently only a regional operator, will use the Airbus A330-800 to launch intercontinental routes. 

Uganda Airlines is poised to launch long-haul services after adding the Airbus A330-800 aircraft to the company’s AOC.

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.

Dates for the long-haul routes to commence have not yet been revealed. 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 flydubai.  

The first of the two A330s Uganda Airlines is slated to receive was delivered late last year. The aircraft features 20 lie-flat business-class seats, 28 premium-economy seats and 210 economy seats. 

Until now, the carrier has been limited to regional services with a fleet of four Bombardier CRJ900s. 

Photo credit: Airbus / H. Gousse / master films

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