A regular source from the Emirates Kampala office has confirmed that the airline is intent to use their giant A380 aircraft on the route between Dubai and Manchester from late this year onwards, replacing one of the two present daily B777 operations. This will give passengers traveling from Uganda, and the rest of Eastern Africa, the opportunity to sample the aircraft in flight and enjoy the many features Emirates has installed on the A380. When raising the question of ground facilities at Manchester’s airport, the source promptly added that all required installations would be ready by the end of August, when the A380 is expected to make its maiden commercial flight to Manchester on September 1.
Some travel agents, when contacted over this development, as after all the UK is a prime destination for travelers from Uganda, and vice versa of course, vowed to book more passengers on Emirates, while using the opportunity to again condemn British Airways’ over the recent strikes, all of them incidentally expressing sympathy for the striking crew and in strong terms denouncing the leadership of BA’s CEO Walsh. It was clear from the comments that in this case one airlines’ misery is another’s opportunity.