Uganda Airlines is now counting days to take to the skies once again after being grounded for nearly two decades.
The revamped national career was yesterday issued the long awaited Air Operator License (AOC) by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The certificate, signed by Samuel Muneeza the CAA Director for Safety, Security and Economic Regulation, allows the new airline to commence commercial operations, starting Thursday July 26th.
The airline will be launching flights with 2 of its recently acquired brand new Bombardier CRJ900s.
Another two of these are expected to be delivered in September, whereas the larger 2 Airbus A330 – 800 Neos will arrive later next year.
The Air Operating Licence alone however, isn’t enough for Uganda Airlines to commence commercial flights.
According Works and Transport Minister Hon Monica Ntege Azuba, the airline will now have to wait to acquire Foreign Air Operator Permits from the destination countries where it plans to fly initially.
Some of the planned launch destinations include Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam and Mogadishu and later on Kilimanjaro, Juba and Mombasa.
This, the minister says may take another 30 days.
As such the national career is projected to commence commercial flights at the close of next month.