Uganda Airlines to fly again in March 2019

Uganda’s national carrier – Uganda Airlines will return to the skies in March next year with one aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ 900.

In July, the government placed a firm order worth $190 million (Shs 711 billion) for four CRJ 900 jets from Bombardier, a Canadian manufacturer for regional airliners.

All the four aircrafts had been expected to arrive at Entebbe International Airport in January, but according to the State Minister for Transport Aggrey Bagiire, it may not be possible for the four aircrafts to come as earlier planed.

“There were some delays but we shall launch our regional flights in March with the arrival of the first plane. We are first getting one [airplane], the three others will come at a later date,” Bagiire said.

On Thursday, Uganda Airlines released images of the first of the four CRJ 900 being assembled in Quebec Canada. It has been christened “The Kob” – the animal that appears on the country’s Coat of Arms.

The Kob being assembled by Bombardier

For the long haul routes, the government ordered for two Airbus A330 – 800 NEO planes that are expected to arrive in 2020.

Established in May 1976 as a subsidiary of Uganda Development Corporation, Uganda Airlines’ QU code went off the skies in May 2001 after the government decided to liquidate it.