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More CRJ Aircraft Arriving

Air Uganda adds frequencies and routes

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Feb 11, 2010

After the reversal of the failed business policies introduced by what turned out to be a bunch of hapless managers, Air Uganda is now seemingly flying into better territory again.

After losing multi-millions of US dollars in less than two years, during which two CEOs and two commercial directors came and went, new CEO Hugh Fraser upon his arrival last year promptly returned to the original business plan upon which the development of the company was originally based and brought in Bombardier CRJ aircraft, a move which permitted the company to fly more economically on their scheduled routes.

The aged MD 87s, which were used by U7 following a disastrous start with stone-aged DC9s, are reportedly on the way out now (apparently only one remains at present but is also due to be offloaded), making way for the arrival of more CRJ aircraft in the coming weeks and months.

Industry sources also blame the initial financial mess on board with shaky aviation credentials, which let management run riot with the company’s financial situation, before eventually bringing Hugh Fraser on board, whose own credentials in the region are beyond doubt, considering his excellent run as commercial director at Kenya Airways some years ago.

The company will, according to reliable sources, move from four flights a week between Entebbe and Dar es Salaam to five, while Zanzibar will get a third weekly flight, as will Mombasa. The airline is also readying to commence operations between Entebbe and Kigali, initially six flights a week, the latter ones commencing around February 23.

Air Uganda adds frequencies and routes
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