Wednesday, May 8, 2013

► SOMALIA: Air Uganda eyeing Mogadishu flights with third CRJ200.

The newly appointed CEO of Air Uganda (U7), Cornwell Muleya, has set forth a bold new initiative by saying his company plans to use it's recently acquired Bombardier CRJ200 (MCN 7363 | 5X-UGH) to commence direct flights between Entebbe and the Somali capital, Mogadishu, later this year.

Air Uganda
Speaking at the delivery ceremony for the GECAS-leased jet held in Entebbe on Sunday, Mr Muleya said the acquisition is part of the airline’s growth plan to increase capacity and widen its network.
This will be the first airline company to make direct routes from Entebbe to Mogadishu to help passengers easily reach their destinations,” Mr Comwell Muleya, the Air Uganda chief executive officer, said upon commissioning the new plane on Sunday. "The new aircraft is going to facilitate our operations to the new planned routes but also enable seamless service on our current network. Therefore, we are very excited about this acquisition and believe that is part of the tremendous growth Air Uganda will experience this year."
Source [The Monitor]

Currently only Turkish Airlines (TK) and Kenya's African Express Airways (XU) ply the Mogadishu route along with a handful of indigenous Somali and Djibouti-based carriers.