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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Jun 16, 2013

Air Uganda Air Uganda sets date for Mogadishu service launch. Air Uganda has just announced the launch date for their latest destination - Mogadishu in Somalia. Starting on 08th of July, U7 will fly nonstop between Entebbe and Mogadishu initially three times a week, offering government officials, army personnel and a growing number of business people from Uganda the fastest way yet to reach Somalia. Uganda, alongside Burundi, was the first country to commit a major contingent of troops some years ago to the African Union led peace keeping mission, and with that mission now more or less accomplished, the time has come to launch commercial flights, available for everyone, compared to military flights that had in the past served as the only link between the two countries. Air Uganda is also keenly eying Southern African destinations, and while official confirmation is still pending, Harare, and perhaps Lusaka have been mentioned by usually reliable sources. Only a few weeks ago Air Uganda received a third CRJ 200 aircraft to replace their last MD 87, which has been redeployed into the fleet of another Celestair partner. Jun 14, 2013

Boeing, Qatar Airways Qatar Airways says will not launch Boeing 787-10. Qatar Airways will not be a launch customer for Boeing's (BA.N) next passenger jet, a stretched version of its 787 Dreamliner, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Qatar Airways, one of the world's fastest growing carriers, has expressed interest in the 323-seat 787-10X, prompting speculation that it would be among the first batch of buyers. "We like launching aircraft but not every aircraft. We are not a supermarket," Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker told Reuters. Launch customers usually get favorable pricing to kickstart new projects, though the fanfare of launch is not without risk because early aircraft tend to be heavier and require closer attention in order to ensure reliability. Boeing is expected to announce a formal launch of the aircraft as soon as the June 17-23 Paris Airshow, although the timing is uncertain. Boeing simply says that the launch could be within months, subject to board approval. The launch of the 787-10X - which will drop the working "X" from its name once it is launched - is part of a growing struggle between Airbus and Boeing for wide-body jet orders as airlines look to renew and expand their long-haul fleets. The stretched 787-10X will compete with the A350-900, the main model of Airbus's newest jet family. Boeing also hopes it will cut short a renaissance of the older Airbus A330, which has sold well during a three-year development delay of the 787. The program received an unexpected early boost when Singapore Airlines (SIAL.SI) placed a provisional order for 30 aircraft last week, subject to the final go-ahead. Boeing is expected to assemble a handful of other buyers to launch the aircraft with a fanfare. Boeing has started assembly of the 787-9, a larger version of the plane in service. The 787-10 would be larger still. Manufacturers often stretch or lengthen aircraft designs once new models have entered service to lower operating costs per seat, a crucial measure of success for airlines. More passengers means a shorter range but lower fuel cost per seat, making it attractive to fly on routes that do not cover the full distance offered by the smaller basic model. Europe's Airbus (EAD.PA) was meanwhile expected to start taxi trials on Tuesday of its new A350, built with similar lightweight technology to the 787 that offers fuel savings to airlines. Industry experts say the jet seems on course to make a maiden flight late next week, just before the air show, where it could also make a brief flypast if tests go according to plan. Airbus says the aircraft will fly when crews are ready. (This story was refiled to add dropped words "as soon as" in paragraph 5) (Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Louise Heavens) Jun 14, 2013

Boeing, Qatar Airways Qatar Air on Boeing 777X: Details, data before a deal. Qatar Airways wants greater clarification and technical detail on Boeing's new 777X plane before it's willing to place a purchase order. "It is too short a time since the program was launched," said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of the Persian Gulf's second-largest airline. The airline previously indicated it might order the long-haul plane at the Paris Air Show this month. Jun 13, 2013

Emirates Airlines Emirates Airlines signs new sponsorship deal with New York Cosmos. Emirates Airlines has signed a sponsorship deal with the most famous name in US Major League Soccer - the revived New York Cosmos. The Dubai carrier will be the shirt sponsor of the club, once world famous for its star player Pele, arguably the game's best ever. It is the latest football sponsorship deal for Emirates...

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