Kampala (HAN) May 4, 2015 – Public Diplomacy, Regional Investment News. Etihad Airways’ inaugural flight EY645 is welcomed with a water cannon salute by the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as it lands at Entebbe International Airport.
Etihad Airways , the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, strengthened its presence in East Africa today with the launch of new services between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Entebbe, in central Uganda.
Inaugural flight EY645 departed Abu Dhabi at 7.50am and touched down at Entebbe International Airport on schedule at 12.50pm, where it was welcomed by a delegation consisting of senior representatives from the airport, government officials and local dignitaries.
Operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats, the new service is designed to provide business and leisure travellers with a direct four-times-per-week service between Entebbe and Abu Dhabi, with convenient onward connections to key destinations in the GCC region, Europe, Indian Subcontinent, North Asia, Southeast Asia and Australia.
The new service also provides convenient access to the nearby Ugandan capital of Kampala, one of the fastest growing cities on the African continent and the centre of trade and commerce in the country. Uganda has a total population of nearly 40 million, and is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways , said: “Uganda is one of the continent’s fastest-growing business and tourism destinations, and the launch of services to Uganda is consistent with our strategy of targeting areas of strong growth in emerging markets.
“The UAE is a major trading partner with Uganda and our new point-to-point services strengthen the two-way flow of trade and commerce between the two countries. The flights are also scheduled to offer convenient onward connections, catering to strong traffic flows between Uganda and key destinations across our global network, such as Ahmedabad and Mumbai in India or Beijing and Shanghai in China.”
“Not only does this service provide our guests with direct access to an exciting new business and tourism destination, it also further strengthens our presence in East Africa and across the African continent” he added.
Etihad Airways currently operates scheduled services to eight other destinations in Africa and the Indian Ocean, including: Cairo, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam (Dec 2015), Johannesburg, Khartoum, Lagos, Nairobi, and Mahé in the Seychelles.
Etihad Airways schedule for Entebbe flights, effective 1 May 2015:
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to 111 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 116 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 69 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and eight Airbus A380s.
Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia, and is in the process of formalising an equity investment in Swiss-based Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline. Etihad Airways , along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com
For more information contact:
Damian James, Etihad Airways Corporate Affairs
Tel: + 971 2 511 1035
PICTURED: Daniel Barranger, Etihad Airways’ VP Global Sales (4th from left) is joined by Eng. John Kagoro, Uganda CAA Director, Airports (4th from right), H.E. Dr. Musleh Ayedh S. Al Ahbabi, UAE Ambassador to Uganda (3rd from right) and H.E. Irene Florence Persis Wekiya, Uganda Ambassador to UAE (3rd from left) in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the official launch of Etihad Airways’ new service between Uganda and the UAE. With them is Toyin Alaran, Etihad Airways’ General Manager, Uganda (2nd from left) and Maurice Phohleli, Etihad Airways’ Regional General Manager, Sub Sahara Africa & Indian Ocean (2nd from right).