Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has received two Bombardier CRJ900 jets from Canada at Entebbe International Airport. The arrival of the new planes, with the words Ugandan Airlines on the sides of the aircraft, marks the official comeback for the East African country’s national carrier that was grounded in 2001. Authorities hope that revival of the national carrier will help the economy and boost tourism. Commercial flights are expected to start in July, and two more bombardier planes are to be added to the fleet later this year. Atmosphere cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins, which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate. According to the manufacturer, the new model atmosphere cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior comprise of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated into a contemporary design and material choices. Uganda paid $74,885,202 for the first two planes, and will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 economy seats and 12 first class seats.
SOURCES: AFRICA NEWS