The Uganda National Airline Company Limited, trading as Uganda Airlines will on Wednesday 28th August 2019 take to the sky with its maiden flight heading to Nairobi, Kenya.
The development was announced on Friday morning, during a media engagement breakfast which was held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala. Uganda Airlines Director Commercial Ms. Jenifer Bamuturaki said the two aircraft CRJ 900 are brand new, with the atmosphere interior, first operator in Africa of this kind and are ready to take to the skies effective 28 Aug and have already undertaken demonstration flights.
“The CRJ900 has two classes, Business Class that has 12 seats and Economy Class with 62 seats, making a total of 74 seats on each of the aircraft with more leg room, more cabin space, bigger overhead baggage bins than the Embraer, wider galley space for better inflight service, more head space for taller persons and mood lighting-first of its kind” .Bamuturaki also announced promotional fares to all destinations for a period of two month.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), approved a code; UR for Uganda Airlines following the issuance of the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) at the end of July. The Airline Chief Executive officer Ephraim Bagenda in his presentation said “Come 2020 December we expect to boost the National Carrier by receiving 2 Airbus and we will expand to more routes within Africa, to London, China, Hong Kong, India, as well as United Arab Emirates,
The airline also announced that they have offices in Kampala, at Victoria University House, opposite Esso Corner on Jinja road. Other offices are at Victoria Mall in Entebbe Town and a ticketing office at Entebbe International Airport. The offices will be used for ticketing and booking. Across the network, the Airline will have its own offices in some destinations and others will be served through GSA’s (General Sales Agents).
Don Mubiri Systems Manager says travelers shall have the opportunity to book tickets and check in online as an additional service through the Airline Website.
Fares and destinations
The Airline will fly to 7 destinations starting with Nairobi, Mogadishu, Juba and Dar Dar es Salaam on 28th August 2019 and on 13th September 2019, roll out Mombasa, Kilimanjaro and Bujumbura.
The aircraft will fly to Nairobi and Juba twice a day, Mogadishu four times a week, Bujumbura, Mombasa and Kilimanjaro three times weekly and will go to Dar es Salaam daily.
Passengers will part with as low as USD 278 for a return ticket to Nairobi, USD 225 for a return ticket to Juba and USD 590 for a return ticket to Mogadishu. To Kilimanjaro, passengers will pay USD 311, Bujumbura USD 292 and Mombasa USD 325. All fares inclusive of taxes.
Uganda Airlines promises to have more direct flights and convenient timings and will ensure On-time departures.
Photos: Highlights from the 4th Annual Uganda Recovery Week
The Recovery Coalition Members and Participants in Uganda recently held the 4th Annual Uganda Recovery Walk, as one of many darts to create awareness about the rampant vice that is substance and Alcohol abuse, and problem behaviour(sex addiction,gambling,et al). The walk which took place last Saturday at Kitante Primary School, was attended by an array of government bodies and NGOs.
The walk is held every september because September is a Recovery month worldwide. To celebrate the day, millions of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the world organize activities that recognize the problem and create awareness. The Ugandan edition was attended by individuals who’d faced and overcome the wrath of alcohol and other abuse plus problem behaviour as well as service providers in the field of mental health, such as; Focus On Recovery-Uganda, FORE Tranquil Homes, UAPA, Hope and Beyond, Serenity Center, Vkids, UNHCO, Butabika National Refferal Hospital, Ministry of Health, Ministry Of Education, UHCA, Kyambogo University (KYURI,) St Francis Primary School, Makerere Primary School, Green Valley Primary School, Ugandan Girl Guides Association, Recovery Ministries Internaitonal, Teens Challenge Jinja, Transformative Recovery Initiative, Uganda Youth Development Link, Life Back Foundation, International Aid Services.
The ED of Butabika Dr. David Basangwa, who was representing the Minister of State for Primary Health Care,Hon Dr.Joyce Moriku Kaducu, commended Recovery Coalition for the work they were doing. He emphasided the need for Ugandans to own the problem of alcohol abuse and mental health, before suggesting that children be made aware of the dangers substance use right from an early age, in schools. “Addiction is a menace to our society that needs to be curbed, because it is spreading like a wild fire. That is why as Ministry Of Health, we pledge to always support the efforts of civil society organisations such as Recovery Coalition”,he stated. Many of the individual participants that attended the walk had only recently recovered through the Rehab Course at Tranquil Homes Entebbe, and were elated to share testimonies.“I want to take this opportunity to thank FORE Tranquil Homes for helping me recover.
The environment in their Entebbe Premises is, like their name, very tranquil, and facilitates the steady progress through their panoply of recovery programs,” noted a former abuser who’d recovered.
Swarm Summit and Tech Expo returns this year, slated for 22nd – 23rd November
Hive Colab has partnered with ICT Association of Uganda (ICTAU) and will this years hold another edition of the Swarm summit. This year’s exhibition will be at UMA show ground between 22nd to 23rd Nov. 2019.
This year’s exhibition will be themed “Celebrating Uganda’s Digital Transformation”. The Swarm summit and Tech Expo is aimed at recognizing the different levels of development of Uganda’s digital landscape, showcasing the different entities working to create a harmonious tech ecosystem in the country.
“From its humble beginnings as the first tech hub almost 10 years ago, Hive Colab has supported the entrepreneurial spirit of Uganda’s in technology. Three years ago we launched the annual Swarm Summit to provide a stage where Uganda’s digital entrepreneurs could share their innovations and their stories,” said TMS Ruge; Co-founder and Director, Hive Colab. “This year, we’re thrilled to expand on that spirit with a partnership with ICTAU to launch this year’s Swarm Summit and Expo. We’re thrilled to provide a larger stage to showcase the technological innovations shaping Uganda’s digital economy,” he added.
The summit celebrates Uganda’s top business and technology minds building enterprises powering Uganda’s emerging digital economy.The Expo is open for the public to attend. To attend or exhibit register here www.swarm.ug
MultiChoice Uganda, PEP enter Partnership to bring products closer to customer
MultiChoice Uganda, the country’s leading Pay TV service provider on Tuesday entered a new partnership with PEP Stores Uganda, a multinational retail company to bring DStv and GOtv products and services closer to subscribers in Kampala. The partnership will offer customer service such as sales, installation services, subscription payment, and purchase accessories among others. Speaking at the inaugural function at the PEP Store in Kabalagala, MultiChoice Uganda’s Head of Customer Experience and Care, Patricia Kiconco reiterated the company’s continued commitment in investing in local partnerships as well as playing a major role increasing customer convenience by creating more avenues for customers to get one-on-one support.“As of now, MultiChoice Uganda has 3 branches spread across the country with 2 in the Kampala and another in Mbarara. This is assurance to our customers in the city an even deeper-rooted and widespread presence, in synergy with this historic partnership with PEP Uganda Stores.” said Patricia.
MultiChoice Uganda and PEP Stores Uganda, she said, are on a mission to provide responsive Pay TV services to the un-served households facilitated by customer-centric priced TV packages, high quality service and innovative technology offered at the stores.PEP Stores Uganda LTD Country Manager, Liaan Scholtes expressed his delight at the partnership with Multichoice Uganda.“Customers have responded very well to the PEP brand and what we offer as a clothing retailer here in Uganda. We will continue to give our customers the best prices on a wide range of products that will now include DStv and GOtv merchandise at all our 13 stores countrywide.” said Liaan. Customers can now be assisted at all PEP stores located at Kabalagala, Clock Tower, Luwum Street, Park Royal, Jinja Road, Bugolobi, Kireka, Mukono, Victoria Mall in Entebbe. As well as in Masaka, Mbarara, Jinja and Mbale.
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