Uganda Airlines first flight had Moses Golola on board, he could not hide his excitement. President Museveni was represented by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
The Uganda Airlines inaugural flight took off today at Entebbe International Airport a few minutes past midday. Uganda Airlines last held operations 18 years back.
The flight had at least 40 government officials, journalists and others, including kick boxer Moses Golola of Uganda on board the ceremonial flight.
"It has been a momentous occassion as we represented H.E. Yoweri. K. Museveni at the official launch of the maiden flight of Uganda Airlines," Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda tweeted.
Commercial flights will kick off tomorrow. Two planes are expected around September and the Boeings will be in the country next year.
Why use Uganda Airlines? You can travel to Nairobi by air and return the same day now that the return flight is on the very day and no other airline in the region does that.
With other airlines, you have to spend a night before getting a connecting flight.
Tickets are payable in Uganda shillings using the Bank of Uganda dollar rate for the day. You can also pay using mobile money, Mpesa, Debit and Credit cards among others. Payments are made from the Uganda Airlines website; ugandairlines.com
The website URL has one 'A' between Uganda and Airlines after the domain name with two A's was registered by someone else.
However, for those using online payments like credit/debit cards which are not in the names of the traveler, the passenger must provide a photocopy of the card holder's passport, copy of the card (front and back) that was used to purchase the ticket.
In the same vein, you can't pay on behalf of someone using this option if the passenger is traveling to or from South Sudan and Somalia.
A screen shot of the online booking section for a one way ticket to Mombasa from Entebbe Airport
"On 23rd April 2019, we received our first two Bombardier CRJ900s, the first of a growing fleet. During our first phase of operations, we will be flying to the cities of Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Bujumbura, and Mogadishu."
"With the upcoming arrival and the addition of new planes to our fleet, we will expand our route map and fly to DRC, Zanzibar, Asmara, Hargeisa, Lusaka, Harare, Johannesburg, Djibouti, and Addis Ababa, and plan to make international flights connecting Uganda to Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and Asia."
"By the end of 2021, Uganda Airline will serve 20 destinations," A source notes on the Uganda Airlines website.
The two brand new Bombardier planes will certainly be something travelers on the Ebb-Nbo route will be looking out for especially now that the promo pricing is still on.