Finance asks Shs280bn to pay for Uganda airlines jets


Finance State Minister David Bahati is seeking a Supplementary Appropriation Budget of Shs1.1 trillion.

Shs280bn of the said money is needed to pay for two Bombadier CRJ900 jets to be delivered within 10 days.

He led a team from Ministry of Finance to defend the request before the Committee on Budget.

Mr Kenneth Mugambe, the Director Budget in the Ministry of Finance, said the funds will come from Telecommunication Companies’ license fees and the Petroleum Fund.

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The delivery, said the officials, will be in time for the start of the Uganda Airlines.

Last month, the first of the four Bombardier CRJ900 aircrafts completed her maiden test flight successfully.

Kenneth Mugambe, the Director Budget in the Ministry of Finance

The maiden test flight was conducted at Montreal Mirabel International Airport in Canada.

According to Uganda Professional Pilots’ Association‏ [UPPA], the 5X-KOB is almost ready to be delivered home.

Uganda Airlines is projected to commence operations this year 2019, with several flights around the world.

The first plane was supposed to be delivered at the end of January 2019. The airline will start by operating regional flights.

The four Bombardier CRJ900 planes with a seating capacity of up to 90 passengers will fly to regional destinations such as Nairobi, Kigali, Bujumbura and Juba, among others.



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