By Andrew Irumba
Entebbe: The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has on 27 August launched the inaugural flight of Uganda Airlines from Entebbe International Airport to Jomo Kenyata International Airport.
On board of the UR 202 flight that took off from Entebbe at 11:00am to Nairobi was government officials, led by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, Works Minister Hon. Monica Ntege Azuba, State Minister for Tourism Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi, members of the business community, media and other partners.
By 10:30 am, all dignitaries had arrived in the VIP lounge of the airport, all checked into immigration before setting off to the Tarmac to board for the first flight of the revived airline company.
Uganda acquired two Bombardier CRJ 900 series planes on April 23 as part of the company’s efforts to revive the National Flagship Carrier.
The airline embarked on the process of acquiring an air operating certificate which was acquired in July.
Ugandans are expecting two more aircrafts in September to handle international flights by the airline company.
In a press briefing shortly before the take off, the Prime Miinister Dr Rugunda told journalists that the commencement of commercial flights by the airline company enables the country market itself across the region.
The guest plane will soon after landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport return to the country awaiting the commencement of the commercial flights on Wednesday 28, August.
The first commercial flight for go for a promotional fare of 166,300 Shillings