The first CRJ900 aircraft for Uganda Airlines is currently being assembled in Canada at the Bombardier Headquarters. According to the minister of works, Mrs Monica Azuba, the planes will be in the country early 2019.
The minister added that the first of the four CRJ900 will be in Uganda as early as January while the remaining three will jet in the country in in period of three months after the first delivery. She also said that two A330- 800s will be delivered from Airbus, France later in 2020.
According to the picture that emerged, one of the aircraft being designed, 5X-KOB, is named after the Uganda Kob, which is part of the Uganda Coat of Arms. This is to promote the uniqueness of Uganda’s tourism and wildlife industry.
The CRJ900 is in the final assembly stages, with the painting and livery branding about to be complete. The next stage shall be to fit the engines and the interior cabin. Uganda Airlines is expecting to hit the skies in November. The permanent secretary of the works ministry, Bageya Waiswa, said recruitment for hundreds of jobs has already started.
The Government signed a deal with Canadian Jet Manufacturer Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, for four new CRJ900 jets. The firm order is valued at approximately $190m (sh700b). Uganda Airlines will operate the CRJ 900 in dual-class configuration, with a maximum 90 passengers.