Start-Ups Uganda Airlines set to resume operations
Uganda Airlines ordered new aircraft from Airbus and Bombardier at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018. The carrier hopes to start commercial passenger flights in the coming years.
Uganda Airlines is seeking to start operations again, after the carrier had to cease operations due to financial circumstances in 2001. Now, the airline has ordered new aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 and will build up a new hub at Entebbe airport.
A memorandum of understanding was signed with Airbus over the order of two Airbus A330-800neo long-haul aircraft. The carrier clearly seeks to start building an international long-haul network again. According to Airbus, both aircraft will be delivered in a three-class configuration, with 20 business seats, 28 premium economy seats and 213 in economy.
Ephraim Bagenda, CEO of Uganda Airlines, said: “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 launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service.”
Moreover, to start a regional network in Uganda, the airline has ordered four Bombardier CRJ 900 regional aircraft. These aircraft will include 12 first class seats as well. Altogether, Uganda Airlines´ CRJ900s will accommodate 76 passengers.
During a press conference with Bombardier, Bagenda added: “As we were establishing Entebbe as a strong hub in East Africa and building more connectivity in Africa, we thoroughly reviewed our needs. With its proven track record in Africa and other regions of the world, we are confident that the CRJ900 aircraft will help us succeed.”
Originally, Uganda Airlines was founded in May 1976 and commenced operations in 1977. In the late 90ties, the carrier experienced strong financial difficulties. Attempts were made by the Government of Uganda to save the airline, but the carrier had to eventually cease its operations in May 2001.
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