Uganda Airlines has secured an early morning landing slot at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, a major airport of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, in Southern China.
The flight from Entebbe will land in Guangzhou International Airport at 06:00 AM, a prime time for business travelers and considered one of the most coveted slots at the airport.
Uganda will fly its brand new Airbus A330neo on the route.
According to reports, Uganda Airlines will fly once a week from Entebbe International Airport.
“Ni Hao #Guangzhou! A toast to yet another great milestone! Uganda Airlines has been granted landing rights to China 🇨🇳! Cheers to a new world of greater connectivity! #Uganda Airlines,” the Airline posted on Twitter.
For Uganda Airlines, the A330neo is a chance to expand beyond Africa and become a major international airline. In addition to London and China, the carrier launched flights to Dubai and has secured rights for six weekly flights.
While demand will dictate the final schedule for the short term, the airline has its eye on more locations.
The next destinations for the airline will be Mumbai, India, and Beijing another popular hub route. This has been an ambitious rise for the airline which is yet to turn even two years old. It currently operates nine regional routes using CRJ900ERs.
Currently, the airline only has two A330neos on order but it could add more widebodies in the future if it sees a growing demand.
Considering the untapped potential of African aviation, we could see this airline expand quickly.
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