Uganda Airlines pilots have painted a positive picture
of where they see the airline after they successfully ran a couple of
commercial flights to different destinations.
Captain Emmanuel Mutebi said the airline’s marketing strategy
will play an important role to get more people to fly with it. He said they expect
to start realizing good numbers on board within three months.
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The revived Uganda Airlines flew its first commercial flight
to Nairobi on Wednesday August 28, 2019 with just eight passengers on board.
flew to Mogadishu the following day with 33 passengers and on Friday to Dar Es Salaam
a few passenger shy from being full.
The airline has said it is fully booked on the
Dar route from September 3 to September 7, 2019.
Captain Charles Karabarinde has called on Ugandans to
support the airline. He said it was new, with experienced pilots and expected
everyone to support it.
Karabarinde has 40 years of flying experience.
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Uganda Airlines comes at a time when almost all the airlines
on the continent – except Ethiopian Airlines – are struggling to make money.
Kenya spends millions of dollars annually to bail out Kenya Airways that has
been making losses.
Rwanda also spends heftily from the public purse to keep its
national carrier running.
So is South Africa with South African Airways. Analysts have said Uganda airlines must be in charge of the
ground handlings business at Entebbe, which will make for it a bit of money.
The handling is currently done by Enhas Uganda which was
owned by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa and was in 2017 sold to a businessman
from United Arab Emirates.
It will be difficult for the airline to get
this business to its possession.
Also, government employees account for
the biggest traffic on the airport. This is constituency that the airline must
On August 5, 2019, President Museveni ordered in a cabinet
memo that all government officials travelling to destinations where the airline
flies must go with the airline.