CAA to vet Uganda Airlines on Monday

By Fredric Musisi

After making an order for aircraft, the Uganda National Airlines company is now set to be vetted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The company officials will appear before the aviation body on Monday next week to prove its capacity to run an airline and defend its application for a license.

The Civil Aviation Authority has invited the public to attend and anyone with reasonable ground to object to granting or renewal of an air service license to declare it.

Uganda Airline has already indicated it will operate Bombardier CRJ900 and A330-800neo aircraft. The Bombardier jets are manufactured by Canadian Bombardier Aerospace and the A330s by French Airbus.

On Wednesday, a Memorandum of understanding was signed between Uganda Airlines Chief Executive Officer Ephraim Bagenda and his Airbus counterpart Eric Schulz in London for supply of two A330-800neo aircraft.

According to a sales statement from the company issued early this year, each A330-800neo aircraft will cost about Shs 960bn ($259.9m).

This means government will pay Shs 1.9tn for the two aircraft ordered.