Uganda Airlines conducts successful validation flights
The Ugandan national carrier, Uganda Airlines has conducted successful validation flights to Jommo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Nairobi and Julius Nyerere International Airport Dar-es-salam.
The flights are part of the lengthy procedures the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) undertakes before issuing an air operator certificate (AOC).
The airline currently has two CRJ900 aircrafts from Bombardier which are expected to be doubled in September.
One of the aircrafts flew to JKIA on Tuesday with CAA inspectors on board as the airline’s crew mimicked normal flight operations.
The second flew to Dar-es-salam on Wednesday.
“It takes 90 days to get an AOC, if you are to factor in the time frame from April 23 when we received the aircrafts, we are still on time. The CAA is testing the flights to ensure the safety of the aircrafts” Works and Transport minister Monica Ntege Azuba said on Tuesday.
CAA is expected to issue the AOC on July 28 but the first commercial flight is expected late in August to Nairobi, Dar-es-salam and Mogadishu.
More regional destinations will be added with the arrival of the remaining two CRJ900 aircrafts.
The company will later take delivery of two A330-neo aircrafts from Airbus that will be used to operate on the long haul routes to Europe and Asia.