Uganda last year 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 in January but government kept pushing forward the arrival time.
Courtesy Photo: Uganda Airlines CEO Bagenda Ephraim says Bombardier jets will arrive in first week of April
The acting Uganda Airlines CEO, Ephraim Bagenda has said the
first two bombardier jets will arrive in Uganda in the first week of April.
Bagenda told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that the remaining two
bombardier jets will be delivered in July and September respectively.
last year 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 be delivered in January this year, but government kept
pushing forward the arrival time.
the first two jets arrive, Bagenda said Uganda Airlines will start the certification
process which will take about two months. “When they arrive, we shall
start the certification process. You know there is that certificate we get from
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) called air operator certificate. That process
takes about two months or more in readiness for commercial launch, hopefully at
the end of June,” he said.
said 12 pilots and 12 co-pilots have already been hired. And they are both Ugandans. “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.
Airline first Bombardier CRJ-900 hit the skies for the first test flight at
Montreal Mirabel International Airport, Canada on February 17th 2019.
An 8-minute video clip was uploaded on YouTube on Sunday showing the test
flight. The video clip triggered excitement from Ugandans. Some of the
pilots have been sent to Canada for training.
Airline will start with 12 regional destinations. They include; Nairobi, Mombasa,
Goma, Zanzibar, Dar es Salam, Harare, Mogadishu, Kigali, Kilimanjaro and Addis
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.