Uganda Airlines launched its first international flight beyond Africa on Saturday (October 9) to Dubai.
The new 258-seat Airbus A330neo will fly three times a week to Dubai with a fourth flight to be added in the near future.
The plane will have 210 seats in economy, 28 in premium economy and 20 business class seats.
Speaking at the inaugural press conference, Acting CEO of Uganda Airlines Ms Jenifer Bamuturaki said: “We are extremely delighted to be here today. This is our first international route. We have been flying regionally in Africa to Kenya (Nairobi and Mombasa), Kinshasa (Republic of Congo) , Tanzania (Dar Salam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro) and South Africa (Johannesburg). We are confident with our new connection in Dubai we will have a great opportunity in promoting the economic growth, and tourism for both our countries.”
Ambassador of Uganda to the UAE Zaake Wanume Kibedi said: “Having a national carrier fly to Dubai, it creates a national identity and will enhance the export and tourism sectors between the two nations. National airlines are regarded as important national symbols and an instrument for projecting a country internationally. There are approximately 60,000 Ugandans living and working in the UAE and they are always having family visiting them and they going home, so having Uganda Airlines fly direct has come at an ideal time.” – TradeArabia News Service