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Bombardier Sale of Manufacturing Programme Won’t Affect Uganda's Order – Minister

Uganda has already received two planes and two more are expected in September 2019. But last month, Bombardier, the company which sold Uganda the first planes, sold its Canadair regional jet program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in a deal that includes maintenance and global support facilities from the Canadian aerospace firm.
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Works and Transport minister Monica Azuba Ntege has said the sale of Bombardier’s CR J900 programme will not affect Uganda’s pending orders of two more planes. Uganda’s recently procured planes were manufactured under the same Bombardier's CRJ900 programme, based in Canada.  

Uganda has already received two planes and two more are expected in September 2019. But last month, Bombardier, the company which sold Uganda the first planes, sold its Canadair regional jet program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in a deal that includes maintenance and global support facilities from the Canadian aerospace firm.  

“Bombardier has confirmed that the sale of the CRJ900 programme will not affect existing and future customers,” Azuba told Journalists at ministry headquarters in Kampala today.  

The minister said the aircraft, yet to be manufactured will be delivered in accordance with existing sale agreements and contracts. This applies to the two Uganda Airlines CRJ900 aircraft which are to be delivered in September 2019.  

The minister said the changes will have no adverse effect on Uganda Airlines as a customer and operator of the CRJ900. The minister has also addressed questions of when the country’ national carrier will start flying commercially, affirming that it would do so in August 2019. The launch routes will be Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, and Mogadishu.  

These destinations, the minister said, will be operated first to orient staff and service providers. Other destinations will come after August.  

Uganda officially received new planes on April 23, 2019, as a step towards the revival of the national airline with a promise it would start flying commercially in July. This has not been the case because of the complex processes that Uganda has to go through to get all the required permits.

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