Uganda jubilates as its two newly acquired Bombardier CRJ900s planes for Uganda Airlines hit the Entebbe airport tarmac for the first time this Tuesday morning. The two planes flew in from Canada making a successful landing only to receive a big welcome.
The aircraft purchased have a new enhanced Atmosphere cabin system which is a first in their series making Uganda Airlines the first airline in Africa to operate them. There is also a pending delivery of two more Bombardier CRJ900s which are to arrive later this year followed by two Airbus A330-800 neo jetliners next year.
However, the Ugandan people wonâ€™t be able to enjoy any commercial flights in these new aircraft not until they complete the Air Operator Certification (AOC certification) process which has five phases and takes approximately 90 days to complete.
This means the Uganda Airlines will start operations around July 2019 once the certification process is completed. Meanwhile, as the certification process is ongoing, Bombardier will be showcasing the CRJ900 new cabin to other African countries as part of their marketing strategy.
It should also be noted that Uganda as so far signed 47 Bilateral Air Services Agreements with other countries which will soon need to be activated. These agreements also known as an Air Transport Agreements (ATAs) are signed between two nations to allow international commercial air transport services between their territories.
President Yoweri Museveni accompanied the First Lady Janet Museveni and other dignitaries also witnessed the landing of the two new planes today.
According to Uganda Airlines, the planes are expected to make flights to over 26 destinations with 19 confirmed regional and 7 international routes respectively.
The regional routes will include Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Bujumbura, Kigali, Goma, Harare, Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam and Lagos among others. The International flights are to London, Amsterdam, Bombay, Dubai and Doha.