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Uganda Aviation News

Fly 540 leases DC9 aircraft to bridge gap

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Dec 13, 2010

UGANDA (eTN) - Information was received last weekend that the regional low-cost carrier, Fly 540, has leased two DC 9 aircraft, for the first time offering business class seats in any of their fleet aircraft, as the configuration appears to be 10 C and 70 Y. It is understood that the aircraft will be a stop-gap measure until additional CRJ aircraft arrive to join the fleet and to provide additional seats for the forthcoming peak season on flights between Entebbe and Nairobi, as well as Nairobi to Mombasa, Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam.

According to reliable sources in Nairobi, Fly 540 was swift in getting hold of these two Kenya-registered aircraft, previously flown by East African Safari Air Express and initially grounded when EASAX halted their own operations. It is also understood that the cockpit crews of B5 will be maintained on the flight deck, as will, for the time being, the cabin crew, while Fly 540 crew members attain the type rating on the aircraft to make deployment across the jet fleet interchangeable.

Passengers traveling with Fly 540 on these aircraft will now be able to enjoy wider seats in the front cabin, something no other airline besides Kenya Airways is presently offering on the route between Entebbe and Nairobi, as Air Uganda also uses all economy CRJ aircraft, unless their standby MD 87 is being used when demand exceeds the 50 seats on the CRJ. U7’s MD 87 has 20 C class seats and about 80 in economy class.

Fly 540 leases DC9 aircraft to bridge gap
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