12 Ugandan pilots and 12 Ugandan co-pilots who are to fly these jets have already been hired
“All of them are Ugandans and some of them have completed their training and some of them are still undergoing training. We have got 24 captains; 12 pilots and 12 first officers or co-pilots,” Mr. Bagenda said.
The first jet was supposed to have been delivered in January this year, but government kept pushing forward the arrival time. Eventually when the first two jets arrive, Bagenda said Uganda Airlines will start the certification process which will take about two months.
Mr. Ephraim Bagenda, the acting CEO of the Uganda Airlines further said that, “When they arrive, we shall start the certification process. You know there is that certificate we get from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) called air operator certificate. That process takes about two months or more in readiness for commercial launch, hopefully at the end of June,”
This is after severe tests that have been made on this plane that over excited many Ugandans as it was seen in videos fly for the first time at Montreal Mirabel international airport, Canada.
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 “over sized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes need to check bags at the counter or gate.