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Uganda Airlines to make first maiden commercial flight late August

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Uganda Airlines will on August 28, 2019 make its maiden commercial flight after being granted Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from Uganda civil aviation authority (UCAA) days ago.

On April 23rd, government received the first two of the four Bombardier CRJ900 regional Aircrafts which were ordered by Uganda National Airlines Company in July 2018.

According to Director Commercial, Ms Jenifer Bamuturaki, the maiden flights include Nairobi, Juba twice daily, Mogadishu three times daily, Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro once a day, Bujumbura and Mombasa thrice a week.

She said for the airline to compete, Competition and succeed, “We must have the right aircraft, investment, funding, people and appeal to customers with the right quality and service. It doesn’t matter what the competition does, if everything is done right,”

With its offices at Victoria University House on Jinja Road, Opposite Esso Corner and Victoria Mall Entebbe and others at the Main Airport, the company will begin with two months promotional fares of Nairobi Return USD 278, Juba Return USD 225, Mogadishu Return USD 590, Dar Return USD 286, Bujumbura Return USD 292, Mombasa Return USD 325, Kilimanjaro Return USD 311 inclusive of taxes.

“People are free to make their bookings at their respective offices or on our website. You are also free to pay in dollars or shillings,” she said

The third jet will be delivered this month and the fourth plane is expected in September 2019. The commercialization of the airline will start on 28 august to various destinations in Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Zanzibar.

Established in May 1976, Uganda Airlines was the flag carrier of Uganda, started operations in 1977 and was liquidated in May 2001 after efforts to privatize the company failed.

According to Minister of Works and Transport Eng. Monica Azuba, the revival will promote Uganda’s tourism, trade and enhancing Country’s competitiveness in air transport and easing connectivity to and from Uganda.

She said 12 Ugandan pilots and 12 co-pilots have been trained and certified to operate the airline. The airline will operate in dual-class configuration with 76 economy and 12 first class seats.

Meanwhile the airline’s  promotional fares which will run for two months are;

Nairobi Return USD 278

Juba Return USD 225

Mogadishu Return USD 590

Dar Return USD 286

Bujumbura Return USD 292

Mombasa Return USD 325

Kilimanjaro Return USD 311

The fares are All inclusive of taxes, but clients can pay in Ugandan shillings as well.

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