Uganda Airlines signed a new deal to acquire more two CRJ900 series Bombardier planes worth 56 million dollars from Bombardier Corporation
Last month on 26th September 2019, Uganda Airlines signed a new deal to acquire more two Bombardier planes worth 56 million dollars from Bombardier Corporation, a Canada based aircraft manufacturers.
The deal was witnessed by Wasswa Bageya, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport on behalf of Uganda Airlines, and Craig Allan representing Canada Bombardier Corporation.
And yesterday the 7th of October, 2019 the two Bombardier planes touched Uganda’s soils after setting off from Canada on the 5th of October 2019, adding up the number of Aircraft fleet to four owned by Uganda Airlines which relaunched its service last month on 28th August, with a maiden flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya.
Uganda Airline’s Chief Executive Officer, Cornwell Muleya however, says the arrival of the new planes into the country signifies the commitment president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the government of Uganda has at hand, in the move to revive the airline.
Before the Planes landed at Entebbe International Airport, they went all around the airport and the city of Kampala.
Uganda Airlines ordered for four CRJ900 Aircrafts last year, as part of the plan to revive the National Airlines, and last year in August 2019 as part of the plan to revive the National carrier, Uganda received its first two planes.
The new Uganda Airlines CRJ900 series Bombardier jet atmosphere, Uganda is the first country to operate it in Africa.
Its design allows passengers to carry and store an oversized roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins, which is time-saving as regards to checking of bags at the counter.
The cabin contains 76 economy seats and 12 first-class seats and according to the manufacturers, the new model atmosphere cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment.
It as well consists of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, increased cabin connecting options and more spacious lavatory.
However, the revival of the National Airlines has faced opposition from government technocrats, with some from Bank of Uganda. But the government says for the country to effectively promote tourism, it needed to revive the Uganda airlines first.
After Uganda Airlines inaugural flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi Kenya, Uganda immediately began its initial commercial flight’s phase with destinations that include; Nairobi (Kenya), Juba (South Sudan), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).
And then later on to Mombasa, Bujumbura and Kilimanjaro. Now with the acquisition of these more CRJ900 Bombardier jets, Uganda is expected to extend its flight services to Southern and Central African regions.
Uganda Airlines collapsed 20 years ago, and in August 2019, it relaunched its service fully funded by the State. However, later on, the airlines hope to be self-financing two years from now.
Uganda Airlines was founded in 1976 by Uganda’s former dictator Iddi Amin Dada following economic embargo imposed on the government in 1975. Uganda Airlines was 100% owned by the government of Uganda.
With an initial share of US$70 million and an aircraft fleet made up of 15 vessels with operations routes in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
In 2001 the Airline was then liquidated which resulted in the sale of the Airline’s remaining assets to settle the corporations’ debts and other liabilities. And this effectively left Uganda Airlines without a National Carrier.
Uganda approached several private sectors players to take the place of the National Airlines, but with failed attempts. A 2001 private sector initiative under Africa One was then established, operating and closing during the same year due to limited capitalisation.