‘Blue pen tickets’ outrage as Crane lands in Nairobi

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A sample ticket written with a blue pen [Photos by Nicholas Bamulanzeki]

At 13:05pm, The Crane landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Uganda airlines plane was welcomed with a water salute on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [JKIA].

After a delay to flights that lasted nearly 20 years, Uganda Airlines has once again taken to the skies above Africa, restoring its status as the country’s national carrier.

“Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, our counterparts welcomed us with a water salute,” management said.

Officials also held a press conference at four points by Sheraton in Nairobi Kenya.

The Cabinet Secretary for East African Community Kenya Hon. Adam Mohammed officially welcomed Ugandan government officials, partners, media and celebrities who took the first flight.

He says it’s now upon the passengers to pick between Uganda Airlines and other airlines.

Water salute

“The reception here is amazing,” management added.

The official maiden flight will take place tomorrow Wednesday, according to Works minister Monica Azuba Ntege.

The Crane takes to the skies [Photos by Nicholas Bamulanzeki]

However, social media is already up in arms over tickets that are written with blue pens instead of being printed out as per world standards.

Some even jested that selling whitewash at Entebbe airport would make one a multi-millionaire in no time since all you need is to cover-up the writing and then change dates, flight bookings as well class.

The fleet of twin-engined Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jet airliners will soon connect to destinations including Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Mogadishu in Somalia and Juba in South Sudan.

More farther flung places will follow, says Jennifer Bamuturaki, the airline’s director of marketing and public affairs. Services to Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda are expected to be added from September.

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