UGANDA (eTN) – A regular source at the Egypt Air Kampala office was excited over the weekend, telling news that the airline had just taken delivery of a 6th brand new Boeing B777-300ER, which was ordered four years ago.
Instead of deferring delivery of the long-range jet, the airline took delivery via an international leasing company specialized in aircraft leases, an early indication that traffic levels have started to claw back, albeit slowly, to pre-crisis levels.
Said the source: “We are happy to hear that we got a new aircraft. Here in Uganda we fly 3 times a week, and we are always hoping that eventually we can go daily from Entebbe to Cairo. We are a Star Alliance member, and our service levels are good; connections out of Cairo are growing to many new destinations. New modern aircraft also help us to compete favorably, and Uganda is also an important market for air freight to and from Egypt. Finally the crisis is over, and we are moving again so please tell the good news to everyone.”
Egypt Air flies into the region, also covering Kenya and Tanzania, although they recently halted their twice-a-week flight from Cairo to Juba. Traffic for MS came to a near standstill when Cairo was under curfew, and crews and ground staff were unable to make it to the airport for their flights, but as the situation in Egypt has started to normalize, so have traffic levels for Egypt Air.
Happy landings for the new “bird,” the crews, and the passengers flying in the future on this latest B777.