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FORMED IN 1976. DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
The Republic of Uganda was established in 1962, covers an area of 235,880 sq km, with a population of 22 million, the capital city is Kampala, and the official languages are English and Swahili.
JANUARY 1995: 350 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 39 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 38 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
TO BUJUMBURA, DAR-ES-SALAAM, DUBAI, HARARE, JOHANNESBURG, KIGALI, LUSAKA, MOMBASA, AND NAIROBI.
1994 = +$1.3 MILLION: +56.4% PASSENGERS (PAX) (1ST 9 MONTHS).
JULY 1995: 1 737-500 (CFM56-3C1), EX-EURALAIR (ERA).
OCTOBER 1995: NEW ROUTE TO DUBAI (2/WEEK 737-500).
DECEMBER 1996: BILATERAL AIR SERVICE WITH (TII) TO BANGKOK.
JULY 1997: ENTEBBE TO KINSHASA.
APRIL 1998: 350 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 39 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 38 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAY 1998: GOVERNMENT RECENTLY PRIVATIZED (UGA).
TO CONTINUE LEASE OF 737-500 PAST 2000.
SEPTEMBER 1998: AGARD DIDI, CHAIRMAN RESIGNS.
CONSTRUCTION OF $1 MILLION MAINTENANCE HANGAR AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR COMPLETION IN DECEMBER 1998.
OCTOBER 1998: SOLE F27 SEIZED BY DEBTORS SEEKING PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING FUEL BILLS OF $380K.
NOVEMBER 1998: 737-2N0 (23677) RETURNED TO AIR ZIMBABWE (ZMB).
FEBRUARY 1999: WASWA BALUNYWA, CHAIRMAN REPLACES AGARD DIDI,
EX-DEAN OF UGANDAN BUSINESS COLLEGE.
MARCH 1999: AFTER LIFTING OF SANCTIONS, UGANDA AIRLINES (UGA) STARTS FLYING TO BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI (737-500).
APRIL 1999: 350 EMPLOYEES (INCL 39 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 38 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 1999: SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) IS ONLY BIDDER FOR 49% UGANDA AIRLINES (UGA). (UGA) REJECTS (SAA) OFFER. (UGA) IS LOSING $665,000/MONTH AND LOSES ITS STATE SUBSIDY.
AUGUST 1999: DEO TONDA, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE, REPLACES HENRY KITAKE, WHO IS NOW LINE MAINTENANCE FOREMAN.
NOVEMBER 1999: 737-500 TO BE RETURNED NEXT MONTH.
DECEMBER 1999: 727-23, MILLION AIR (MIL), SHORT TERM WET-LEASED FOR INTERIM PRIOR TO UGANDA AIRLINESD (UGA) PRIVATIZATION IN EARLY 2000.
APRIL 2000: SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) ABANDONS ATTEMPT TO BUY UGANDA AIRLINES (UGA).
(UGA) WILL BE LIQUIDATED.
MAY 2000: JOINT OPERATIONS WITH AIR TANZANIA (TNZ), ENTEBBE TO DAR-
ES-SALAAM, CONNECTING TO MORONI, MAURITIUS, HARARE, LUSAKA, LUMBASHI, AND JOHANNESBURG.
SEPTEMBER 2000: CONSIDERING COOPERATION WITH AIR NAMIBIA (NAM) FOR JOHANNESBURG - ENTEBBE (737, WEEKLY) AND JOHANNESBURG - ENTEBBE - DUBAI (747-400, WEEKLY).
OCTOBER 2000: CEASED OPERATIONS.
SOLD ITS REMAINING F27-600 (10571) TO A UK COMPANY.
MARCH 2001: THE GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO LIQUIDATE UGANDA AIRLINES (UGA) AND GIVE ITS ROUTE AUTHORITIES TO DAIRO AIR SERVICES (DAR) AND AIR AFRICA.
JUNE 2001: CEASES ALL OPERATIONS AND LAYS OFF REMAINING 40 EMPLOYEES.
April 2012: Uganda Airlines (UGA) could potentially be revived by the Ugandan government according to statements made by the country's Vice President, Edward Sekandi. Uganda Airlines (UGA) had gone out of business in 2001 leaving the country without a flag carrier. Air Uganda ((IATA) Code: U7, based at Entebbe/Kampala International airport (EBB)), which was set-up in 2007, is currently the only international carrier based in Uganda serving Bujumbura (BJM), Dar-es-Salaam (DAR), Juba (JUB), Kigali Kanombe (KGL) and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) with a fleet of two MD-87s and two CRJ-200s. It is owned by Celestair, the airline group established by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, which also owns Air Burkina (2J, Ouagadougou (OUA)) and Air Mali (I5, Bamako Sénou International (BKO)).
October 2014: Uganda Airlines ((IATA) Code: QU, based at Entebbe/Kampala) (UGA) and its much talked-about resurrection are once again on the cards with reports that the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) officials have held preliminary talks with government regarding the project's relaunch.
According to the "Voice of America," further consultations with the Ugandan Ministry of Works and Transport, the Ministry of Finance, and the cabinet are scheduled to be held in due course. If successful, the framework for the airline’s revival could be taken before parliament and worked into the next fiscal year.
Following years of losses and a failed 49% sell-off bid to South African Airways (SAA) in the late 90s, Kampala liquidated Uganda Airlines in 2001, citing heavy debts and poor management. However, while the project has been on the drawing board since 2012, the recent demise of Air Uganda ((IATA) Code: U7, based at Entebbe/Kampala) (AUN) has given added impetus to its renewal.
Prior to Air Uganda (AUN)'s shut down in June this year, government had held substantive talks with the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development's (AKFED) concerning a possible buy-in. However, an offer of a 5% stake in the airline was rejected by Uganda on the grounds that it needed total board control so as to ensure the carrier fulfilled national priorities such as mounting long-haul routes, that while strategically important, may not be attractive to a private investor.
Other proposals submitted last year, and one which the (UCAA) has reportedly backed, included one from Air Oasis (UG) Limited, the Ugandan coordinating team for the American-backed Comorian operator, flyComoros (based at Moroni International).
In their proposal, investors wanted to establish a new carrier in which they would control 80% of its shareholding with government and Ugandan investors the rest. With an initial fleet of 23 airplanes, the start-up would have required USD200 million in initial funding.
Oasis had proposed a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT)-type initiative in which they would have run the airline for a period of 3 - 5 years before exiting, after having recovered their initial investment in addition to a good return on their investment. On Oasis' exit, investors say, all shareholding would have reverted to the state.