On Friday, Uganda Airlines received its approval to begin operating Airbus A330-800s, which was the final step before starting long-haul services.
Two weeks ago, one of the A330s operated a demonstration flight from Entebbe International Airport to Johannesburg.
The airline said that the move will allow it to open up flights to Dubai first followed by London, Mumbai and Guangzhou.
According to the Ministry of Transport, an application to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for a TCO certificate was submitted to enable the airline fly to London.
Uganda Airlines has been using a fleet of four CRJ900s on flights to Burundi, Tanzania, South Africa, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, and Somalia.
In addition, the airline was designated as the Ugandan carrier for flights to the UK capital and Dubai. An application for China (Guangzhou) is being worked on.
The country’s government is optimistic that the revival of the national flag carrier will boost the economic growth and tourism.