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Air Uganda gets IOSA certification

UGANDA (eTN) - Information is now available on the IATA website that Air Uganda, the Pearl of Africa’s quasi-national airline, has been accorded the coveted IATA Operational Safety Audit certificati

Air Uganda gets IOSA certification

UGANDA (eTN) – Information is now available on the IATA website that Air Uganda, the Pearl of Africa’s quasi-national airline, has been accorded the coveted IATA Operational Safety Audit certification until September 30, 2013 when renewal audit is due to retain the status. The recipient is, in fact, Meridiana Africa Airlines (U) Limited, which trades as Air Uganda since its inception in 2007.

This certification, attained shortly after the airline turned 5 in November, will now permit U7 to enter into partnerships, wider commercial agreements, and codeshare arrangements with more senior airlines which in today’s safety-conscious aviation environment often makes it a key requirement to even consider entering into discussing such formal arrangements.

From records available, this also makes Air Uganda the country’s first ever commercial jet operation to received the IOSA certification.

In a related development, it was also confirmed late yesterday that Air Uganda will be launching a Premium Economy fare for flights on their all economy CRJ200 aircraft. The slightly higher fare will give passengers lounge access in all airports the airline flies to except in Juba, gives passengers a 35 kg baggage allowance, and under normal circumstances will keep the seat next to the passenger empty for greater comfort in flight – the CRJ200 has a 2×2 cabin layout. In addition, an enhanced catering will be served for Premium Economy passengers, reservation changes are free of cost, and added bonus miles are awarded under U7’s frequent flyer program.

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