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Air Uganda

Air Uganda
Founded 2007
Operating bases Entebbe International Airport
Focus cities Kampala, Entebbe
Frequent-flyer program Celestars
Fleet size 5
Destinations 9
Company slogan The Wings of East Africa
Parent company Celestair (Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development)
Headquarters 4 Wampewo Avenue
Kololo, Kampala, Uganda
Key people Cornwell Muleya (CEO)[1]

Meridiana Africa Airlines (Uganda) Limited, trading as Air Uganda,[2] is a privately owned airline founded in 2007 in Uganda.


Air Uganda is largely recognized as the national carrier, following the collapse of Uganda Airlines in May 2001.[3] Headquartered in Kampala,[4] and with its operations base at Entebbe International Airport, Air Uganda uses a fleet of five aircraft to operate scheduled flights from Entebbe to various countries in Eastern and Central Africa.


The company was formed in 2007 and began commercial flight operations on 15 November 2007.[5]

Air Uganda is reported to have carried over 70,000 passengers within its first twelve months, with an average load factor of 70% between Entebbe and Juba. The load factor between Entebbe and Nairobi averaged 60% during the first year of operation. [6]

In the fourth quarter of 2011, Air Uganda announced plans to start domestic service during 2012. This will require the airline to acquire appropriate aircraft to serve the domestic market. The airline's current regional fleet is also under review.[3]

During 2012, Air Uganda, in its fifth year of operations, began self-handling at its hub at Entebbe International Airport, and was authorised to handle any other airline that chooses to use their handling service. The move will save the airline at least US$700,000 annually.[7][8]

Corporate affairs

Ownership and associated companies

Meridiana Africa Airlines (Uganda) Limited is 100% owned by the Celestair Group, which in turn is owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). AKFED also controls Air Burkina and Air Mali, the national airlines of Burkina Faso and Mali respectively, and has an interest in Europe in Meridiana fly.[9] There have been press reports that the Ugandan Government may be interested in taking a stake in the airline.[10]

Business trends

Because it is a private company, annual reports for Air Uganda are not published. In the absence of these, the little information available is shown below:

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Number of employees 180
Number of passengers (m) 0.07 0.15
Passenger load factor (%) 65%
Number of aircraft (at year end) 3 4
Notes/sources [11] [12][13]


As of September 2013, Air Uganda maintains regular services to the following destinations:[14]

Code share agreements and partnerships

During the second half of 2008, Air Uganda signed code share agreements with Air Tanzania on the Entebbe/Kilimanjaro, Entebbe/Dar-es-Salaam and Entebbe/Zanzibar routes which both airlines serviced. Code share agreements were also signed with Brussels Airlines on the Entebbe/Juba route serviced by Air Uganda and on the Entebbe/Brussels route serviced by Brussels Airlines. These arrangements were soon followed by similar agreements between Air Uganda and Qatar Airways [19][20]

In early 2009, Air Uganda made arrangements with Marsland Aviation for the latter to transport Air Uganda ticketed passengers between Juba and Khartoum and between Khartoum and Juba. Air Uganda travels this route on two days a week. Marsland Aviation carries Air Uganda passengers on the five days a week, when Air Uganda does not service the route.[21]

In June 2010, Air Uganda signed a code share agreement with Rwandair on the Entebbe - Kigali route. Air Uganda will service the route with a daily morning flight while Rwandair will provide a daily evening flight. Both airlines service the route with CRJ-200 aircraft.[22] Those arrangements were halted when Air Uganda served notice to Rwandair, of intentions to terminate the codeshare arrangement, effective March 2012.[23] On 14 August 2013, a new codeshare agreement between Air Uganda and Rwandair on the Entebbe-Kigali route was signed between the two CEOs of the respective airlines. The agreement became effective immediately.[24]


The Air Uganda fleet consists of the following aircraft, as of September 2013:[25][26]

Air Uganda
Aircraft In fleet Order Passengers Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-87 2 0 99 2 operated by Celestair
Bombardier CRJ200 3 0 50
Total 5 0

Incidents and accidents

  • On 9 January 2010, the US Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, warned of a possible terrorist threat on Air Uganda planes traveling between Juba, South Sudan, and Entebbe, Uganda. According to the embassy, it had received information that indicated "a desire by regional extremists to conduct a deadly attack on board Air Uganda aircraft." According to the Sudanese foreign ministry, however, the threat was not considered serious. The Uganda People's Defence Force said that they had been aware of this information since early December, 2009, although a Ugandan government spokesman said there was nothing to support such claims.[27]

See also


External links

  • Official website
  • Air Uganda Acquires Third CRJ200

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