By Paul Waiswa
The Uganda National Airline Company Limited, rebranded and trading as Uganda Airlines will on Wednesday August 28 2019 take to the sky with its maiden flight heading to Nairobi, Kenya.
The development was announced on Friday morning, during a media engagement breakfast that was held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala.
Uganda Airlines’ Director for Commercial Jenifer Bamuturaki said the two aircraft CRJ 900 are brand new, with the atmosphere interior, first operator in Africa of this kind and are ready to take to the skies effective 28 Aug and have already undertaken demonstration flights.
“The CRJ900 has two classes and these include Business Class that has 12 seats and Economy Class with 62 seats, making a total of 74 seats on each of the aircraft with more leg room, more cabin space, bigger overhead baggage bins than the Embraer.
It also has a wider galley space for better inflight service, more head space for taller persons and mood lighting-first of its kind”. Bamuturaki also announced promotional fares to all destinations for a period of two month.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), approved a code; UR for Uganda Airlines following the issuance of the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) at the end of July.
Now it has been confirmed that the aircraft will fly to Nairobi and Juba twice daily and Mogadishu, Somalia three times a day. The aircraft is also expected to fly to Dar es Salam and Kilimanjaro once a day, Bujumbura and Mombasa three times a week.
A return journey to Nairobi has been set at $278 (about Shs 1.026 million), Juba at $225 (Shs 831,150), Mogadishu $590 (Shs 2.1 million), all-inclusive of the taxes. A return ticket to Dar es Salam will cost $286 (Shs 1.05 million), Bujumbura $292 (Shs 1.073 million) Mombasa $325 (Shs 1.195 million) and Kilimanjaro $311 (Shs 1.143 million).
The promotional prices for two months of the flights on Uganda Airlines are slightly lower than for other airlines. For instance, a flight to Nairobi at $278, is lower than both RwandAir and Kenya Airways, which cost up to $330 (about Shs 1.2 million) and $350 (Shs 1.287 million) when flying with RwandAir and Kenya Airways respectively.