Uganda Airlines builds up fleet

The Ugandan national flag carrier, Uganda Airlines is building up to a relaunch, with a series of orders made at Farnborough International Airshow with Bombardier and Airbus for its regional and long-haul fleets.

The airline was liquidated in 2001 following financial difficulties, but in 2017 the Cabinet of Uganda passed a resolution to revive the airline.

The Uganda National Airlines Company has now signed a firm order with Bombardier for four new CRJ900 regional jets, in an order valued at approximately US$190 million.

Ephraim Bagenda, CEO, Uganda National Airlines, said the carrier is “delighted” to have ordered the regional jet, adding: “We look forward to providing the most modern passenger experience in regional aviation to the people of Uganda and across Africa.”

“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.”

The airline will operate the CRJ900 in a dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats and will be the first operator of the new CRJ Series ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in Africa.

“We congratulate the Government of Uganda for the revival of its national flag carrier and are thrilled that the new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets for its upcoming debut,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, vice-president, sales, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

He added that Bombardier look forward to “supporting the development of Uganda’s regional air travel with these CRJ900 regional jets.”

Uganda Airlines also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for two A330-800neo wide-body aircraft.

The aircraft features new wings, new Rolls-Royce latest-generation Trent 7000 engines, new systems and a new Airspace cabin interior.

Uganda Airlines plans to use the A330-800neos to build its international long-haul network. The aircraft will have a three-class cabin layout comprising 20 business, 28 premium economy and 213 economy seats.

 

Written by: Mark Thomas

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