Uganda Airlines ramps up A330 operations ahead of Dubai launch
Flag carrier Uganda Airlines will deploy its Airbus A330-800 on more regional services in the coming days, as it builds up to the launch of flights to Dubai next month. Services to Dubai and London were due to start this month and December, but were deferred to October and January 2022 respectively, because of the continuing red-listing of Uganda by the United Arab Emirates government and the United Kingdom.
The pair of long-range aircraft, which have in recent days been used on commercial services to Johannesburg and Nairobi, will return to Nairobi on September3 and operate the service to Bujumbura the same day. It will then fly to Johannesburg on September 4, before operating on the Dar es Salaam route on September 5. Commencement of the services to Dubai will coincide with the opening of the Dubai Expo which also starts on October 1
Although it is too big for the routes, the short-range operations serve both to familiarise the cockpit and cabin crews with operations of the type in a commercial setting. The flights also help to build up interest in the extended services that will soon launch. Mostly earthbound since the jets were delivered last December and January this year, the crews have not had the opportunity to build time on the type.
The short-range operations are helping then prepare for a flawless commencement of long haul flights. Cabin crew will get familiar with aspects of the cabin such as operation of the galleys, and passenger services onboard. Meanwhile First Officers that were newly initiated on the type will be able to complete their check rides for certification by the CAA and their carrier’s Chief-Pilot.