A pretty fancy-looking plane could show up at London Heathrow in the not too distant future …
Uganda Airlines is planning long-haul flights with the A330-800neo
Uganda Airlines recently delivered two new A330-800neos. The airline was only founded in 2019. As Avgeek, it’s cool to see such a small, new airline growing so fast (even if the growth is questionable).
Based on what it has learned so far, Uganda Airlines plans to fly its A330-800neos to Dubai, Guangzhou, London and Mumbai, although the timeline details have so far been limited. It looks like we now have a better feel for the first long haul route the airline could take off.
Uganda Airlines’ A330-800neo targets
Uganda Airlines plans to take off from London in 2021
According to chimpanzee reports Uganda Airlines has secured slots to offer flights between Entebbe and London Heathrow::
- The service could start as early as March 28, 2021, which is in line with the IATA summer plan
- Uganda Airlines can operate the flight up to 5 times a week
- While the exact flight schedule for the ~ 4,030 mile flight is not yet known, the flight would arrive at Heathrow at 6:45 a.m. and depart at 9:00 a.m.
Route Entebbe from Uganda Airlines to London
While some are reporting that this service will actually begin on March 28, 2021, it doesn’t appear to be the case. Roger Wamala, Commercial Director of Uganda Airlines, stated that the airline is not yet ready to start service:
- The Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority has not approved the aircraft for flight and is expected to be cleared in late April
- Due to the UK lockdown and restrictions on non-essential travel to and from the UK, this type of service would not be economically viable
As he stated in an interview:
“Those are the two hurdles, so we have the slots, but we can’t fly.”
Since the slot requirements are currently being waived at Heathrow, the airline can wait for the slots for the time being without actually having to operate the service. In all honesty, this is probably the best as there are currently no demand and travel restrictions.
This also begs the question of how exactly Uganda Airlines secured these slots and whether they are only for the summer season or what. Because Heathrow slots aren’t usually cheap …
The Business Class A330-800neo from Uganda Airlines
Uganda Airlines has reportedly secured slots for London Heathrow and could start flights as early as late March (in terms of slots). However, the airline is not ready to start this route yet. This is because the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority has not approved the airline’s A330-800neos to fly. Also, the current lockdown in the UK makes these flights impractical for the time being.
I am excited to see when Uganda Airlines will finally start their London service and I look forward to flying with this airline at some point.
When do you think Uganda Airlines will start flights to London?