UGANDA AIRLINES INKS DEAL FOR 6 NEW AIRCRAFT
Uganda Airlines has signed an order for four new regional jets with Aircraft Manufacturer Bombardier.
Based on the list price for the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$190 million
Uganda Airlines is expected to operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats.
Speaking at the deal signing, Ephraim Bagenda, CEO, Uganda Airlines said, “We are delighted to have ordered the world’s leading regional jet, and 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.”
Meanwhile, Uganda has also signed a memorandum of understanding with airplane manufacturer Airbus for procurement of two aircraft.
According to a statement released by Airbus on Wednesday evening, Uganda Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding for two A330-800neo, the new version of the best-selling A330 widebody airliner.
The agreement was announced by Ephraim Bagenda, the CEO Uganda Airlines and Eric Schulz, Airbus' Chief Commercial Officer.
Revamping Uganda Airlines was atop President Yoweri Museveni's must-do list, after the 2016 presidential elections.
During the Inauguration of cabinet in October 2016, Museveni directed the line ministry to commence work on the task.
Museveni argued that "a national airline would help the country save 420 million dolars per year, that Ugandans spend on travel.
Uganda Airlines was liquidated in 2001, after 24 years of operation.