Uganda Airlines gets first planes in revival bid

KAMPALA: The first two planes purchased in a bid to relaunch Uganda Airlines were delivered on Tuesday, nearly two decades after the East African country’s national carrier collapsed.
The two Bombardier CRJ900 jet airliners, which can carry up to 90 people, landed at the Entebbe airport outside the capital Kampala during a ceremony attended by President Yoweri Museveni.
“We are very happy that what we started months back to restart the national carrier has begun bearing fruit,” said Works and Transport Minister Monica Azuba Ntege at the ceremony.
She added that two more planes purchased from Canadian manufacturer Bombardier would arrive in July and September.
European aerospace giant Airbus meanwhile will deliver two long-haul planes in 2020 or 2021.
Uganda Airlines CEO Ephraim Bagenda said the first flights on the revived national carrier would take place in July, once a 90-day certification process was completed.
“The 90 days will include demonstration to the (Ugandan) civil aviation authority that we have the proper airline premises, trained staff, maintenance provision, equipment to run an airline, and systems for the safe and secure operation of an international airline,” the Uganda Airlines CEO said. — AFP