Uganda receives two passenger planes in the push to revive national carrier that collapsed early 2000

Uganda Airlines Bombardier Planes Arrive April 23rd 2019

The two Bombardier CRJ900 Aircrafts have officially landed at Entebbe International AirportAIWA! NO!

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday received the first two of four CRJ900 aircraft ordered by the Uganda National Airlines Company at Entebbe International Airport.

The planes received the customary water cannon salute, as new aeroplanes operating commercially for the first time.

The Bombardier CRJ900 planes will operate under the revived Uganda Airlines, following several unsuccessful attempts to start a local-based airline.

In 2018, President Museveni told Parliament that the government would revive Uganda’s defunct national carrier.

One of the Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft belonging to Uganda Airlines after it touched down at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday, April 23 2019.

One of the Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft belonging to Uganda Airlines after it touched down at Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday, April 23 2019.

Uganda Airlines was established in May 1976 as the national carrier of Uganda. The airline was liquidated in 1990 after years of losses and mismanagement. Efforts to privatise it failed.

The two planes, ordered in July 2018, were officially handed over to the Ugandan government on April 16 in Quebec, Canada.

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The third and fourth planes are expected to be delivered in July and September 2019 respectively.

The revived national carrier is expected to begin commercial flights in 90 days, first within the East African region before extending to other African countries.

During this period, the final stage of certification will be met with the training of cabin crew and marketing of the routes to be flown.

President of Bombardier, Alain Bellemare, said the planes will fly to South Africa on Wednesday on their first leg of marketing of that route.

One comment

  1. For Ugandans, metropolis and rural; actually East Africans in general, there was never a ‘funeral’ for the old Uganda Airlines. People murmur. The infamous airline, whose name was actually grabbed by some speculators simply fizzled out of the theorem. Rumours abound; at one time panicky ministers registered the carrier under a different name to avoid the old airline’s creditors – as also the government spokesman spilled the dry beans, finally. But hey! It is a good thing that there is now a brand new fleet, numbers sure to appreciate.

    Oh! Almost missed it: there are elections in Uganda in 2021, and there is this young and popular opposing number whom they are haranguing from one cell to the next: ‘Police in Uganda arrested the popular opposition legislator and musician, Robert Kyagulanyi, more commonly known as Bobi Wine Tuesday’

    There you go. The new airplanes are both good business and political manna – will fly Museveni back into office for the 6th time come 2021.

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