Uganda Airlines on Monday received two new Bombardier CRJ900s, growing its fleet to a total of 4 planes.
As the planes touched down at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda Airlines CEO, Cornwel Muleya in his speech said, “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, Asmara in Eritrea, Hargeisa in Somaliland, Lusaka in Zambia, Harare in Zimbabwe, Johannesburg in South Africa, Djibouti and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Other international destinations will be added to the network on acquisition of two (2) Airbus A330-800neo wide-body aircraft, slated to join the Uganda Airlines fleet in the latter half of 2020.”
He added that Uganda Airlines is the first in Africa to fly this particular make of the Canadian brand. The CRJ900 planes come with 76 passenger seats; 12 business class and 64 economy class.
“The planes also come equipped with more luggage space, wider seats and ambient lighting,” he added.
Uganda Airlines commenced commercial operations on 28th August 2019 and currently operates direct flights from its hub in Entebbe to and from Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Bujumbura and Mogadishu.
The Board Chairman, Uganda Airlines, Ahabwe Godfrey Pereza in his speech said, “We are committed to seeing Uganda Airlines excel in its operations and in the provision of services which fall within the expected international standards.”
“Our growth and success as an airline facilitates the growth and success of our country, through the promotion of our tourism industry and building relationships between Uganda and other countries. We, as the board, commit our efforts to ensuring that our cranes stay in the sky,” he added.
The airline received its first two planes in April this year.