By our reporter
Uganda has acquired four new airplanes from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft to kick start its aspiration of flying the national carrier in the region.
The announcement was made by the company’s Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa, Mr Jean-Paul Boutibou.
He said the government of Uganda had acquired four brand new CRJ900 jets which will be used to revive Uganda National Airlines Company.
The order, according to www.tourismuganda.org, is valued at US$190 million.
“We congratulate the Government of Uganda for the revival of its national flag carrier, and are thrilled that the new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets for its upcoming debut,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Recognized for its superior economics and efficiency, the CRJ Series aircraft have enabled airlines worldwide to serve communities with better connectivity, and we look forward to supporting the development of Uganda’s regional air travel with these CRJ900 regional jets.”
Uganda Airlines will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats.
“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,” said Ephraim Bagenda, CEO, Uganda National Airlines.
“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.”