The first two jets for the revived Uganda National Airlines have arrived.
The two Bombardier CRJ900 jets touched down at Entebbe International airport 9:55 am in the morning amid ululations from guests signalling the official revival of Uganda’s national carrier, which was grounded in 2001.
President, Yoweri Museveni officially received the planes at 9:57 am after being water cannoned, a common tradition when a country or company receives new planes.
Last year, Uganda ordered four CRJ900 regional jets as part of the much-anticipated plan for the revival of Uganda Airlines.
The revived airline will be the first carrier to operate the new CRJ-series atmosphere cabin in Africa.
The government paid Shillings 280 billion for the first two planes through a supplementary budget approved by Parliament.
The Uganda National Airlines Company will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 economy seats and 12 first class seats.