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Civil Aviation Authority vets Uganda Airlines Monday

Uganda National Airlines company set to be scrutinized by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in a bid to return to operations after a 20-year lull.(FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Uganda National Airlines company is set to be scrutinized by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in a bid to return to operations after a 20-year lull.

Officials from the company will appear before the authority on Monday July 23, to prove its capacity to run the country’s revamped airline and defend its application for a license.

The CAA has invited the public and anyone with reasonable ground to object to granting renewal of an air service license to Uganda National Airlines to declare it.

Uganda National Airline has already indicated that it will operate Bombardier CRJ900 and A330-800neo aircraft. The Bombardier jets are manufactured by the Canadian Bombardier Aerospace and the A330s by French Airbus.

Earlier on Wednesday, Canadian plane manufacturer, Bombardier announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Uganda Airlines for four CRJ900 aircrafts.

Cabinet early this month concluded discussions on revival of the national carrier.

The two A330-800neo aircrafts will each feature, according to the statement, three class cabin layout comprising of 20 Business seats, 28 Premium Economy and 213 Economy seats.

Ephraim Bagenda, the CEO of Uganda Airlines said in a statement issued Wednesday July 18 that “This agreement demonstrates our ambition for economic growth supported by a robust aviation industry.”

“The A330-800neo combines low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are looking forward to launching operations and offering our customers best-in-class service,” he said.

“We are delighted to welcome Uganda Airlines among our A330neo customers, the A330neo will bring a range of benefits offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin. We look forward to see the A330-800neo flying in the colours of Uganda,” said Eric Schulz, Airbus chief commercial officer.

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