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Formed and started operations in 2006. A K A "Victoria International Airways." Scheduled & charter, domestic, regional & international, jet airplane, services.
7 Yusuf Lule Road
PO Box 3517
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 2006: Victoria International Airlines (VCA), a new Ugandan national carrier formed jointly by Swiss investors and the Ugandan government (20%), is reported to be acquiring McDonnell Douglas and Fokker airplanes for start-up next month. The airline has filed for a license to operate regional services and plans initially to fly to neighboring countries such as Congo and Nigeria.
September 2006: Victoria International Airlines (VCA), based in Entebbe (Uganda) has acquired 2 737-200s with the aim to begin service next month. Initially the airline will fly to Dar Es Salaam, Johannesburg, Juba, Lusaka, Mombasa and Nairobi.
November 2006: Via Uganda (A K A Victoria International Airlines) started operations this month with a pair of 737-244s ex-Safair (SFA), leased from Avistar Aviation. The following are the initial routes and frequency scheduled at this time:
Entebbe - Nairobi, daily;
Entebbe - Johannesburg on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Sundays;
Entebbe - Juba on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
Gavin Simpson, CEO of Holiday Aviation, a Holiday Holdings company, has confirmed that his firm has signed a General Services Agreement (GSA) contract to represent the newly established Victoria International Airways (VIA Uganda) (VCA). The launch of VIA Uganda (VCA) (two letter code VB), was made possible with South African, Swiss and Ugandan funding. The Ugandan government, which has been instrumental in getting the airline off the ground, owns 20% of VIA Uganda (VCA)’s shares. The airline commenced operations on 26 November 2006 in East Africa, serving Nairobi and Juba (Sudan) from Entebbe, prior to the commencement of flights to and from Johannesburg on 28 November 2006. It has two 737-244 airplanes – until recently part of the South African Airways (SAA) fleet - operating a 3 x weekly service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Mike Myburgh, a former CEO of (SAA) and now Chairman of VIA Uganda (VCA), said “We intend to fill a gap in the East African market, which has been undersupplied with air transport capacity for a number of years. One of the unique benefits of the airline is our “low-cost” model strategy, targeted at economy travellers. In order to keep fares as low as possible, food will not be included in the price of economy (Y) tickets, but will be sold on board the flight. The airline will also offer a full service Business class (C) product (14 seats) at a slightly higher, but still at a very competitive rate. Reservations for VIA Uganda (VCA) will not be possible through the Global Distribution System (GDS) systems and the airline will not participate in the local BSP program. Tickets may be purchased either on-line at http://www.viauganda.com, through a travel agent, or from the offices of the General Sales Administration (GSA)”. Myburgh added “VIA Uganda (VCA) appointed Holiday Aviation to oversee the sales, reservations and airport operation in South Africa in view of that company’s excellent reputation and extensive experience in the sector, thereby ensuring quality service to South African based customers. The airline will be served by experienced aviation personnel, including South African pilots (FC) and maintenance engineers (MT)”. VIA Uganda (VCA)anticipates future growth in capacity/frequency on the Johannesburg (JNB)/Entebbe (EBB) route, due to the level of co-operation between South Africa and Uganda. The airline intends to grow its inaugural route network to include other African countries, the Middle East and Europe.
Call Center South Africa: +27 11 289 8003.
2 737-244s (22591, ZS-SIL; 22586, ZS-SIG - see photo), ex-Safair (SFA), Avistar Aviation leased.
December 2006: (IATA) Code: VB.
January 2007: Suspended all flights.