We are all familiar with the big global airlines, but there is something exciting about rooting for the success of the “underdog.”
For the past two years I’ve been watching Uganda Airlines and I’m excited about what I am seeing…
For context, I think it’s important to understand the background of Uganda Airlines.
Uganda Airlines operated nearly 24 years but ceased operations and liquidated in 2001 due to financial difficulties. Unfortunately, this left the country without a national airline.
In 2017, it was revealed that the airline would be revived as the Ugandan government had placed an order for four CRJ-900s.
A year later, the carrier agreed to purchase two additional A330-800neo aircraft.
For those not familiar with planes, CRJs are the small, dinky, regional planes that no one looks forward to flying on. That purchase is understandable and expected for an airline trying to get off the ground (no pun intended) as a new airline. But the A330neos are intended for international long-haul routes.
In other words, Uganda Airlines was planning something big however, it’s worth noting that the government had placed these orders for an airline that was not operating at that specific point in time.
- August 2019: Uganda Airlines launched service with the 4 CRJ’s
- October 2020: Uganda Airlines revealed their first A330neo leaving the paint shop
However, everyone has been curious to see the interior and product configuration.
UGANDA AIRLINES’ NEW INTERIOR
Today, the airline revealed the interior of their new “Airspace” cabin which will be configured with 261 seats (20 business class seats, 28 premium economy seats, and 213 economy seats).
The airline has said they intend to launch the A330s on 4 international routes – Dubai (DXB), Guangzhou (CAN), Mumbai (BOM) and London (LHR) – at the beginning of the year.
Airlines often declare routes before completing their due diligence so this remains to be seen (particularly during a pandemic).
Regardless…I’m in and can’t wait to review this product!
Uganda Airlines just revealed the interior of their newest A330-800neo and plan to launch it in the new year.
It’s an exciting time for aviation in Africa. I’ve written several times about my intention to visit many countries throughout Africa when the pandemic blows over (…eventually…hopefully).
With the addition of Delta Air Lines’ triangle route to South Africa, United Airlines’ seasonal flight to Johannesburg, and American Airlines’ (eventual) launch to Morocco, it’s a great time to have points and miles as tickets to Africa (and within Africa) can be extremely expensive.
What do you think about the new interior? Have you ever traveled to Uganda?
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