UGANDA (eTN) – It was learned last week that following the low-key delivery of another CRJ200 aircraft, Air Uganda – in local aviation circles also known as U7 – has added a third daily flight between Entebbe to Nairobi, laying down the challenge to Kenya Airways (KQ), the still predominant carrier on the route with 4 daily flights – including the first out of Entebbe and the last out of Nairobi. The challenge, however, is more so to Fly 540, which also operates the CRJ200 on the route but is, as a point-to-point operator, more of a threat to U7 than Kenya Airways, which has graduated into a network airline through their Nairobi hub.
The third flight, scheduled to leave Entebbe at 1430 hrs daily for Nairobi and taking off from NBO for the return flight to EBB at 1615, will give Air Uganda a competitive edge over Fly540, which remains on two flights a day. Considering the package of goodies KQ offers their passengers via bonus miles, a far superior frequent flyer program, and the availability of a premium business class cabin on all their aircraft used on the route, the challenge for U7 still remains tall and large.
In a related development, it was also learned that the airline’s director of finance, Mr. Michael Rugadya, who was with U7 since before their start-up, has left the airline after 3 years for greener pastures. Rugadya, a former senior banker at Nile Bank during their acquisition by Barclays Uganda, is likely to return to the banking sector, which has expanded in leaps and bounds in recent years across the country and is offering rapid promotions and advancement for professional Ugandans of his caliber.