New slots

The EastAfrican has learnt that initial slots for training pilots at manufacturer Bombardier’s facility in Montreal, Canada, were missed and new slots are now being sought at alternative facilities in the US and Europe.

Uganda Airlines will need 36 pilots for its four Bombardier jets and training slots had been secured for September, October and November.

Talk of a revised launch date was confirmed by chief executive of Uganda Airlines Ephraim Bagenda last week.

Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Works and Transport on Wednesday, Mr Bagenda said the launch of commercial services had been moved from April to June.

Delivery of aircraft was scheduled to start this month, with the first handover of a CRJ 900 jet now pushed to February 23. This will be followed by others in March, July and September.

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