Jennifer Bamutulaki Musiime, the Marketing and Commercial Director of the Airline Company says that the offer to several officials, celebrities and business operators across the country was a way to market the airline to all the people across the region.
A water Salute by Kenya Airports Authority as one of Uganda's Bombardier CRJ 900 aircrafts arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
The inaugural flight of Uganda Airlines cost the company up to 120
The airline, on Tuesday morning, made an inaugural flight to Jomo Kenyatta
International Airport - JKIA with 74 passengers on board. Among them were three
cabinet officials led by the Minister for Works and Transport Monica Ntege
Azuba, Uganda Airlines and Civil Aviation officials, tour operators, celebrities
The crew had four hostesses and two pilots. Upon arrival at JKIA the officials
were welcomed by the Ugandan High Commissioner Phibby Awere Otaala and Jonny
Andersen the Chief Executive of Kenya Airports Authority who thanked Government
for the revival of the airlines.
A return journey from JKIA costs up to $ 440 (about 1.62 million shillings),
according to the recently advertised rates.
Jennifer Bamutulaki Musiime, the Marketing and Commercial Director
of the Airline Company says that the offer to several officials, celebrities
and business operators across the country was a way to market the airline to
all the people across the region.
He says that the airline spent 120 million shillings for all the
passengers on board the maiden flight.
Bombardier says although the CRJ-900 is a 76 carrier. It estimates that at $1.8
a gallon and a 500nm sector, the CRJ-900 has a unit cost of 10 cents.
For Instance, Geoffrey Kubinga, a Manager at Emirates, an airline
company says it requires between 7,000 to 12,000 litres of fuel to operate a
medium-sized aircraft like a Bombardier CRJ 900 from Entebbe International
Airport to Kenya.
The aircraft that started its UR 202 flight at 11:10 am has a 2 GE CF34-8C5
turbofans engine and a fuel sage diameter of 2.7 meters.
Earlier, an air ticket of one of the passengers on board emerged handwritten on
social media raising criticism of the preparedness of the company to handle
commercial flights. The maiden commercial flight for the airline company is
expected tomorrow August 28th at 6.00 am.