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Uganda Airlines receives two Bombardier passenger planes

Uganda’s recently revived national carrier, Uganda Airlines received two passenger planes on Monday, doubling the size of the airline’s fleet. According to the Uganda Airline’s twitter handle, the airline received two 72 seater CRJ900 planes from Canadian manufacturer bombardier.

In a statement, the airline said it is considering expanding its destinations to include Kinshasa, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Asmara, Hargeisa, Djibouti and Addis ababa. Uganda Airlines was relaunched in august, with the country eager to take a slice of the region’s growing aviation business that is currently dominated by Ethiopian airlines.

Uganda airlines expect to receive two more airbus A330 neo planes with the first one arriving by the end of the year, and the second a few months later. The state carrier was founded in 1976 by former dictator Idi Amin but was liquidated in 2001 during a broader push to sell off struggling state-owned firms.

The airline started flying again last month, banking on passengers from the Uganda’s emerging oil industry and the traditional tourism sector.

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