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Uganda Airlines readies for Dubai, London, China and India after authorization to operate long-haul flights, carry cargo

Uganda Airlines Airbus A330-800neo aircraft have been cleared for long journeys (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA — Uganda Airlines on Friday announced that it had secured an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to operate long-haul flights.

The national carrier said its A330-800neo aircraft were ready to fly to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

“The Airbus A330-800 neo has been added to our AOC and soon we will be flying the crane long haul to Dubai, London, Mumbai and Guangzhou,” the airline said in a statement.

The certification was authorized from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, a state regulator of the airline industry in the country.

” It is with great pleasure that we inform you of the successful inclusion of the Uganda Airlines Airbus A330-800neo aircraft on the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) fleet listing.

“This milestone is one of the many that signifies the continued growth of Uganda Airlines in the Ugandan Aviation industry,” Uganda Airlines CEO Jennifer Bamuturaki said.

She said inclusion opens Uganda’s routes across continents with the official launch route being Dubai in October 2021.

Other international and long-haul routes such as London and Guangzhou will follow.

With this AOC inclusion, she also revealed that Uganda Airlines is now formally approved to carry Cargo and Dangerous Goods.

“This is of particular importance to the growth of trade and commerce in Uganda as it opens channels for transportation of Cargo both into and out of Uganda

“The certification of the Airbus on the AOC has been a concerted effort of all our dedicated staff across all disciplines.

“Passengers will get to experience a new experience due to innovations from our Commercial and IT systems which can be seen through our new website and improved communications solutions across the entire network

“The Airbus A330 is a state-of-the-art aircraft with competitive features to make travel enjoyable and comfortable. Some of these features include full lie-flat seats for the Business class, onboard Wi-Fi access throughout the aircraft, a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system with lots of blockbuster movies and increased legroom for all classes

“Whereas COVID-19 has disrupted travel all over the World, Uganda Airlines is committed to implementing the initiatives of its Business Plan, and we look forward to effectively utilizing the Airbus by beginning flights soon. With our planned direct flights, we call on the public to support the Airline by flying with us to all destinations,” she added.

Uganda Airlines collapsed in 2001 after financial difficulties, and was liquidated after years of suffering losses.

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