By Nicholas Shawn Mugarura.
Uganda Airlines expects to receive first of four bombardier CRJ-900 (CRJ9) planes from Montreal, Canada. the first aircraft in the country this coming month.
According to Monica Azuba Ntege, Minister for works and Transport, the pilots of the Bombardier CRJ-900 jet were sent to Canada for training. She said they are supposed to meet with the manufacturer to clear a few issues and set the date when the first jet will be delivered.
The Bombardier CRJ-900 hit the skies for the first test flight at Montreal Mirabel international airport, Canada Last week. Ugandans were excited as they watched an 8-minute video clip that was uploaded on YouTube on Sunday showing the test flight.
Last year, Uganda ordered for four CRJ-900 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 design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes need to check bags at the counter or gate.
“ That was the first flight test and they are still doing more test flights. We are having a meeting which will set the date when we will receive the first plane, any time within a month it will be here.” Azuba said.