Emirates counters Blackberry wobbles with added US flights


UGANDA (eTN) – Current undertones when talking about the United Arab Emirates (UAE), caused by intermittent talk of a card house property market, the near failure of some state controlled companies during the global economic crisis, and most recently about UAE’s plans to ban the use of BlackBerry phones effectively grounding communications while in transit in the UAE, has not deterred Emirates (the airline) to go double daily with B777 equipment from the end of October to Houston and Los Angeles. This offers even better connectivity for Uganda travelers to the US, and in particular those two destinations, and while some travelers will be put off by the ban intended on BlackBerry communications, others will not mind that at all considering the service levels on board and the ease of connectivity via Dubai.

A source at the Emirates Kampala office has confirmed that Los Angeles will go double daily first on October 31, while Houston will follow suit on November 1. The same source reiterated that Emirates had during the recent Farnborough Air Show in Britain signed added orders for another 30 of those wide bodied aircraft.

The new flights are on sale with immediate effect from Entebbe but also the other regional Emirates destinations like Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, and Addis Ababa, through which Emirates flies to and from via the Entebbe route.