About Us


Air Uganda is a member of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and has been in operation since November 2007. We have just celebrated our Third  year anniversary on 15th  November 2010.

Air Uganda is also a member of Celestair Group, with sister airlines in West Africa, Air Burkina , Air Mali, and in Europe, Meridiana and Eurofly.

Air Uganda is part of the Meridiana group that is based in Olbia - Costa Esmeralda Airport, Italy. Meridiana was founded as Alisarda in 1963 by the Aga Khan as an air-taxi and charter operator to promote tourism to Sardinia. Scheduled services began in 1964 from Olbia. The name Meridiana was adopted in May 1991. The first international services were operated later in 1991 to Barcelona, Paris, London and Frankfurt.

At present Meridiana has grown and expanded to support airlines in Europe , West Africa and East Africa. The group airlines in Europe are Meridiana and EuroFly while our West African airlines are Air Burkina and Air Mali. The Meridiana group has a combined fleet size of 38 aircraft.



Air Uganda’s growing fleet, includes two CRJ-200s and two MD-87s. The MD-87 has 99 seats; offering both economy and business class service; 20 business class seats and 79 Economy class seats. The interior has been refurbished with leather seats, giving the client comfort on board and ample leg room.The CRJ-200 has 50 Seats offering an all economy class service.




Our current destinations from Entebbe include:

•    Nairobi (Three times Daily)
•    Juba (Daily)
•    Dar es Salaam (6 times weekly)
•    Zanzibar (Twice weekly)
•    Mombasa (Twice weekly)
•    Kigali (5 times weekly)
•    Bujumbura (3 times weekly)


•    Fastest routing  and convenient  schedules  to/from Uganda.
•    Best Value fares to all our destinations
•    Un-rivaled on time punctuality (89% in 2010 to date)
•    Flexible check in up to 30 minutes before departure for passengers with hand luggage only.
•    Quality onboard product with catering and drinks on all flights
•    Excellent service from our friendly professional cabin crew.
•    New “CELESTARS” Frequent Flyer Program was launched earlier this year


Interline connections to the rest of the world to and from Entebbe with:
•    Brussels Airlines
•    Emirates
•    Kenya Airways
•    Qatar Airways
•    ZanAir (Code share in progress on Dar es salaam & Zanzibar routes)
•    RwandAir (Code share partners on Kigali route)KLM ( in progress)


Air Uganda has always paid attention to all technological aspects related to innovation and reliability. Our fleet undergoes continuous and severe efficiency tests and is updated according to the latest and most advanced standards. Flight instrumentation complies with the most modern and advanced technologies.


The technical Department of the airline is centrally based on the principle of preventive maintenance, adhering to the manufacturer’s recommendations and approved by the Civil Aviation Authorities of the respective countries, recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization ( ICAO).

MD 87 Aircraft Technical details

Country of Origin
United States of America

Short to medium range airliner

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 is a shortened version of the successful MD-80 series. A reversal of the trend from the DC-9 to the MD-80 series, the MD-87 combines the advanced features introduced on the MD-80 (most notably the Pratt & Whitney JT8D-200 engines) into a 5.3m (17ft 5in) shorter length fuselage similar in length to the DC-9-30.

The MD-87 features the 39.75m (130ft 5in) fuselage length; plus an EFIS flightdeck (the MD-87 was the first aircraft of the MD-80 series to introduce EFIS, with two flight management system controls, displays and cockpit) and an optional Sundstrand Head-Up Display; Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217C turbofans (which are approximately 2% more efficient than the 217A); the cruise performance package improvements introduced on late production MD-80s, including the extended low drag tail cone, fillet fairing between the engine pylons and the fuselage and low drag flap hinge fairings; and increased height fin to compensate for the loss of moment arm due to the shorter fuselage.

The MD-87 was optionally available with extra front and rear cargo compartment auxiliary fuel tanks to extend range, and other engines in the JT8D-200 series. In other respects the MD-87 is essentially identical to the MD-80 series.

McDonnell Douglas launched development of the MD-87 on January 3 1985, following the placement of launch orders from Finnair and Austrian in December 1984. First flight took place on December 4 1986 and US FAA certification was granted on October 21 1987. MD-87 sales were relatively small and mainly to traditional Douglas customers. Notable operators include Iberia (with 24), SAS (18) and Japan Air System (eight). Other operators include e.g. Finnair, Aero Lloyd, Aeromexico, Great American, Austrian, Spanair, Reno Air, and Midway.

By the time Boeing and McDonnell Douglas had merged in 1997 all MD-87 orders had been fulfilled and Boeing no longer actively offers the type.

Two 68.9kN (20,000lb) Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217C turbofans. Other JT8D-200 series engines available optionally.

Max speed 925km/h (500kt), long range cruising speed 811km/h (438kt). Range with 130 passengers and reserves 4393km (2372nm), or optionally 5248km (2833nm). Range with max fuel 5522km (2980nm), or optionally 6764km (3650nm).

Operating empty with standard fuel 33,237kg (73,274lb), operating empty with optional fuel 33,965kg (74,880lb), max takeoff 63,505kg (140,000lb), optionally 67,810kg (149,500lb).

Wing span 32.86m (107ft 10in), length 39.75m (130ft 5in), height 9.30m (30ft 6in). Wing area 112.3m2 (1209.0sq ft).

Flightcrew of two. Max single-class seating for 139. Typical two class seating for 109, comprising 12 premium and 97 economy class pax.

Of total MD-80 sales of 1191, 75 were for MD-87s.

Bombardier CRJ200

General Description
The Bombardier CRJ200 (LR) aircraft is designed to hold 50 passengers in a 4-abreast configuration with a lavatory and galley as standard equipment. The Long Range (LR) model has a maximum take-off weight of 53,000 pounds (24,041 kg) and a range of 1,700 nm (1,956 sm / 3,148 km). The CRJ200 has outstanding performance, capable of max cruise speeds of Mach 0.81 (464 kts / 534 mph / 860 kph), and cruise altitudes up to 41,000 feet.

The Bombardier CRJ200 is powered by two General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofan engines that are flat rated to produce 9,220 pounds (41.01 kN) of take-off thrust. Originally developed for the United States Air Force, the CF34 family has over 20 million flight hours and is highly regarded as one of the most reliable and efficient power plants built. The Bombardier CRJ200 Series' powerplant delivers a performance envelope comparable to that of a mainline jet. The aircraft is available with an engine option that provides exceptional high-altitude, hot-weather airfield performance for increased payload and profitability.

The CRJ200 is 87 feet, 10 inches (26.7 m) long with a wing span of 69 feet, 7 inches (21.2 m). The aircraft requires a radius of only 75 feet (22.86 m) to negotiate a 180-degree turn; a valuable asset at increasingly congested airports.

Flight Crew 2
Cabin Crew 1
Passengers 50

Number Two General Electric CF34-3B1 turbofans
Thrust 8,729 pounds (38.83 kN) thrust at take-off
Flat rating
- standard
- optional 9,220 pounds (41.01 kN) thrust APR*
73° F (ISA+8°C)
86° F (ISA+15°C)
* Uninstalled

Collins Pro Line 4 six-tube EFIS
Two-screen EICAS
Dual attitude heading reference systems (AHRS)
Traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS)
Collins digital weather radar

The Bombardier CRJ200 has been designed with cabin amenities and comfort features that are comparable to those of larger jet aircraft. The roomy 8.43-foot (2.53 m) wide cabin features two-plus-two seating and gives passengers more than six feet (1.85 m) of headroom. With unobstructed under-seat stowage and overhead bins on both sides, carry-on luggage is close at hand in the Bombardier CRJ's symmetrical, spacious and quiet cabin. The aircraft has a forward galley, rear baggage compartment and rear lavatory

Green Machine
The CRJ Series is recognized as being community friendly in terms of external noise and engine emissions.
All CRJ Series aircraft are certified to current Stage 3 regulation noise levels for Take-off, Climbout and Approach. They even meet and exceed the planned Stage 4 noise levels. As a matter of fact, the CRJ200 is recognized as the world's quietest commercial jetliner, producing less external noise than our ultra-quiet Q400 propfan.
In terms of engine emissions, all CRJ Series aircraft meet the current ICAO regulations (including CAEP/6), and have demonstrated ample margin for anticipated future requirements.