Uganda Airlines’ fleet grows to 4, route network to expand
At exactly 3:05pm, Uganda Airlines’ third CRJ900 from Canadian aerospace manufactures, Bombardier landed at Entebbe International Airport amidst pomp and fanfare from excited government officials.
Five minutes later, the fourth jet from the same manufacturer landed to be officially received by the State Minister for Works Gen Katumba Wamala.
The two aircrafts christened 5X-KDP (Kidepo Valley National Park) and 5X-KNP (Kabalega National Park) join the previous two aircrafts that were delivered in April from the same manufacturers.
The revived national airline which commenced commercial flights on August 28 with five destinations will now increase its route network to 12 destinations.
“With the addition of the new aircraft to the fleet, the carrier will expand its route network to cover several other destinations in Southern and Central Africa to include, Kinshasa in DRC, Zanzibar (Tanzania), Asmara in Eritrea, Hargeisa in Somaliland, Lusaka in Zambia, Johannesburg in South Africa, Djibouti and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia,” Uganda Airlines’ acting Chief Executive Officer, Cornwell Muleya said.
The airline expects to receive two more aircrafts in December 2020 and January 2021 from Airbus.
The two aircrafts, A330-800Neo will be deployed on the airline’s long haul routes to Asian and European destinations.