The year-end fellowship of the Skal Kampala Chapter 611 was literally painted in orange, when Fly 540 decked out the meeting venue at the Kampala Serena Hotel in their trade mark colors, being the main sponsor for the event and of the dinner for the evening. The wine was sponsored by Galileo Uganda and, after prodding some of the waiters started flowing freely, putting everyone in a superb party mood.
The Skal celebration coincided with the launch of the airline’s new CRJ operation between Nairobi and Entebbe, now bringing all scheduled connections between the two airports to jet level. Fly 540 operates twice a day and offers the first morning flight out of Nairobi, while providing a convenient early evening return for the business travelers on a one-day trip.
Since its inception of the airline three years ago, the region’s first true low-cost carrier has been on the Entebbe route using ATR aircraft, which has been the Fly 540’s workhorse equipment until the recent arrival of their first CRJ200. At least two more of these jets are expected to join the fleet in early 2010 while several more ATRs are also expected. This is in advance of their planned network and frequency expansion, which Fly 540 has committed to for the east African region and beyond.
The Skal night, in the meantime, was a resounding success, bringing 2009 to a befitting close, which saw throughout the year a series of excellent dinner fellowships with sponsors literally queuing up to interact with Skalleagues. A large attendance of the “who’s who” in Ugandan tourism, hospitality, and aviation circles; invited guests; and a delegation from the sponsors, led by the airline’s Sales and Marketing manager Jackie Arkle, all had a fun evening, undoubtedly enhanced by the food provided by the Kampala Serena Hotel’s renowned kitchen. Presiding at the night was acting president James Rattos of the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, standing in for Rahul Sood who is now, of course, in Dar es Salaam after leaving Uganda before the end of his term of office.
In a special surprise, this correspondent, a Skal member for over 30 years, was honored by the club which bestowed “Life Membership” on him during the celebrations. Visit www.skal.travel to learn more about SKAL International and the Kampala Chapter and what it entails to become a member of this global travel and tourism fraternity.