Entebbe, Uganda - Uganda Airlines operated a scheduled flight for the first time after it ceased its operations on May 2001.
A recently delivered Bombardier CRJ900 of the airline flew from home base Entebbe to the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Aug 27.
Uganda Airlines had to cease its operations in 2001 because of financial problems. The government of Uganda decided to revive the national carrier of the country to boost the economy and tourism.
Uganda Airlines will operate scheduled flights with only two CRJ900s, which already arrived in Entebbe four months ago. The will soon start flights to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Mogadishu in Somalia and Juba in South Sudan. New destinations in other African countries will follow in the fall.
In addition to the two Bombardier CRJ900, Uganda Airlines has two more jets on order of the same type waiting to be delivered.
Uganda Airlines has also two Airbus A330-800 on order directly from the European aircraft manufacturer. The airline will operate the A330-800s on its long-haul routes that will be launched next year.