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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
First two Uganda Airlines planes arrive;

President Yoweri Museveni and a number of government dignitaries have today received the first two newly acquired Uganda Airlines aircrafts as they landed at the Old Entebbe Airport. The Bombardier CRJ900s, flew in from Canada this Tuesday morning.

This is a major milestone in the revival of the national carrier to take to the skies once again. The aircraft purchased are the first in the series to have the new cabin enhancements and Uganda Airlines will be the first airline in Africa to operate them.

Uganda Airlines will also later in the year deliver two Airbus A330-800s neo jetliners.

What happens after the aircraft arrive?
The aircraft will not immediately start commercial flights until they complete the Air Operator Certification (AOC certification) process.

The process has five phases and will take approximately 90 days to complete setting the timeline for start of commercial operations to be July 2019.

During this 90-day certification process, Bombardier will be showcasing the CRJ900 new cabin to other countries across Africa as a marketing strategy.

Currently Uganda has signed forty-seven (47) Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) with other countries which will need to be activated.

Other key activities to be completed within these 90 days include;

(i) the acquisition and transport of aircraft spares

(ii) the purchase, implementation and testing of airline systems

(iii) airport services contracting at all destinations across the network

(iv) supplier contract negotiation for operational services, fuel, catering, technical handling etc. (v) branding and uniform design

(vi) set up of commercial offices and distribution network including airline association memberships

(vii) final online system design and roll out of booking systems and payment gateways.

These activities were awaiting allocation of project finances accordingly which funds have been approved.