Formed and started operations in 2002. Formerly Africa Air. Scheduled, international, passenger, jet airplane services.
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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, the official languages are English and Swahili, and the acting political head is President Lieutenant-General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
May 2005: 51 employees (including 5 Flight Crew (FC); 11 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 8 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
Code share with Kenya Airways (KEN), Entebbe to Nairobi.
September 2005: East African Airways (UGX) is one of three Ugandan airline companies engaged in talks on the possibility of creating a new national carrier for Uganda, the others being Eagle Air, and DAS Air (DAC).
November 2005: The airline was launched in 2002 but struggled to compete with established carriers on its routes to Johannesburg and Nairobi, which it flew using a single 737-391. It also had rights to fly to Dubai and Harare, but never exploited these routes.
Ceased operations when its sole airplane was impounded in Congo Brazzaville following a charter dispute. The dispute went to court in the Congo and the airplane was impounded by a Court order. As part of the settlement and efforts to recover the airplane, it became necessary either to sell it or raise finances that were not available to the airline at the time.
Suspended operations with debts of $5 million.
June 2006: Is planning to resume operations under new ownership in the months ahead. The new shareholders include Africa Direct Uganda Limited with a 60% stake and former Africa One )YBG) investor, Mr Frederick Ochieng-Obbo, with 10%. They plan to invest $10 million to fund the purchase of more fuel efficient 737-300 airplanes plus a further $5 million to provide working capital.
Will address itself to restructure the operations of the airline to offer a full service on its current routes to Nairobi, Johannesburg, Harare, and Dubai.
December 2010: East African Airlines (UGX) operates services from Entebbe, to countries in East and southern Africa. Also plans to extend services to include West Africa and the Middle East.
(IATA) Code: QU - 581. (ICAO) Code: UGX (Callsign - CRANE).
Parent organization/shareholders: Fin Investments (50%); Benedict Mutyaba (40%); & Patrick Kabunakuki (10%).
Alliances: Kenya Airways (KEN).
Main Base: Entebbe International Airport (EBB).
Hubs: Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO); & Johannesburg O R Tambo International Airport (JNB).
International, Scheduled Destination: Johannesburg; & Nairobi.