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Uganda Airlines first jet ‘arrives April 23’

Uganda Airlines’ first bombardier CRJ-900 to touch Entebbe International Airport on April 23. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The first Bombardier jet for the revived Uganda Airlines is scheduled to arrive in the country on April 23 according to Don Wanyama, the senior presidential press secretary.

Mr. Wanyama did not give details of the remaining three Bombardiers.

“…On April 23rd, at exactly 3pm, the first of the @UG_Airlines [Uganda Airlines] Bombardier CRJ900 will touch down at Entebbe International Airport,” he noted adding “and that, will mark the revival of the airlines,” reads a hist tweet.

Last year, Uganda ordered for four CRJ900 regional jets with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, as part of the much-anticipated plan for the revival of Uganda Airlines.

The first jet was supposed to have been delivered on Sunday April 8 this year, but government kept pushing forward the arrival time.  Eventually when the first jet arrives, Mr. Wanyama said that, will mark the revival of the airlines.”

Mr. Ephraim Bagenda, the acting Uganda Airlines CEO said that upon arrival, Uganda Airlines will start the certification process which will take about two months.

“All of them are Ugandans and some of them have completed their training and some of them are still undergoing training. We have got 24 captains; 12 captains and 12 first officers or co-pilots,” he said.

Uganda Airline first Bombardier CRJ-900 hit the skies for the first test flight from Montreal Mirabel international airport, Canada on February 17, 2019.

An 8-minute video clip was uploaded on YouTube showing the test flight. The video clip triggered excitement among Ugandans.

Uganda Airlines will start with 12 regional destinations. They include; Nairobi, Mombasa, Goma, Zanzibar, Dar es Salam, Harare, Mogadishu, Kigali, Kilimanjaro and Addis Ababa.

Uganda’s revived airline will be the first carrier to operate the new CRJ-series Atmosphere cabin in Africa. The airline will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 economy seats and 12 first class seats.

According to the manufacturer, the new model Atmosphere cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior comprise of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated into a contemporary design and material choices.

Atmosphere cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate.

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