The Minister of Works and Transport, Eng Monica Azuba told parliament on Tuesday that Uganda Airlines will now commence commercial flights in August and not in July as earlier communicated.
‘‘The initial start of operations of Uganda Airlines was meant for July but we are still working on the air operators certificate’’ the Minister said.
The Minister said that the start of commercial operations is expected after 28 July 2019 after securing air operating certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
Minister Azuba says the two aircrafts at Entebbe are flying but not commercially. “These are being used for tests and other training like evacuations”
She added: Already the booking, the reservations, the ticketing and accounting systems of Uganda Airlines have been activated but in a test environment. The systems have been set up using the provisional IATA designator and IATA accounting codes. The issuance of the air operating certificate will therefore trigger the activation of the codes in a live environment.
Minister Azuba says the two aircrafts at Entebbe are flying but not commercially. "These are being used for tests and other training like evacuations". #PlenaryUg
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On arrival of the first two Bombardier CRJ planes in April this year, Minister Azuba set a number of activities which could be handled before the airplanes embark on several routes. these were to be handled within 90 days including, acquiring human resource, supplier contract negotiation for operational services, fuel, catering and technical handling.
Other activities included branding and uniform design, setting up of commercial offices and distribution network including airline association memberships, final online system design and roll out of booking systems and payment gateways
Uganda has signed bilateral air services agreements with Canada, Israel and Switzerland on top of the 47 which need to be activated. Negotiations are also underway with Spain, Qatar and Oman