After 15 years without a national carrier, Uganda is reviving its flag bearer by buying four new CRJ900 aircraft from Bombardier.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has signed a firm order for four new CRJ900 regional jets, valued at approximately US$190 million at current list prices, with Uganda National Airlines Company.
“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,” he said.
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.”
Uganda seeks to revive its national carrier at a time when competition for the East Africa skies is intensifying with Kenya Airways working to put its house in order to maintain its dominance over the region’s routes and Rwanda investing heavily in a new airport and improving old facilities as well as fleet expansion and improvement.
Currently, 21 operators are flying 58 CRJ Series in Africa. Including the order announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1957 CRJ Series regional jets.
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