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Uganda Airlines denies grounding planes after reports of cancelled flights

Uganda Airlines two planes

Uganda Airlines two planes

Uganda Airlines has disputed claims that it had grounded one of its planes and failed to make scheduled flights to Somalia this week.

Early this month the airline launched flights to Mogadishu, Somalia (four times weekly), but according to one disappointed customer, the airline failed to make the flight to Somalia yesterday, Thursday. 

The airline said today that “Uganda Airlines would like to assure all its customers, stakeholders, and the general public that the airline operations are happening as per earlier communicated schedule.”

The explanation comes after reports indicating that the two Uganda Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 series had been grounded, less than a month after the airline started operating. But UR management says the reports are both malicious and false.

The airline says the two CRJ900 planes were under routine maintenance in accordance with the systems and regulations of the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority.

“Routine maintenance is mandatory and will be upheld as required to ensure maximum safety of our passengers and seamless operations of all our aircraft,” the airline said on Twitter.

The airline promised more direct flights and convenient timings and will ensure on-time departures for its passengers and clients.

Ever since it launched commercial flights on August 28, 2019, the airline has seen a mixture of critics and praises from the public. The airline started September 2019 well with its route to Tanzania fully booked because of the Tanzania-Uganda business forum that was taking place in Dar Es Salaam.

Comments

-2 #11 Tom Jabwe 2019-09-14 23:55
Surely all those who have commented must be from the opposition..Ironically some of them have never climbed in an a plane and may never do so.

They do not know the cost of a plane and that is why they ridicule the national planes,
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+1 #12 Kakwaya 2019-09-15 06:59
I have never been in a plane but I find it odd to have planes serviced only 2 weeks after taking to the sky?!!

If that were the case, then that will bring another narrative that these may be junk planes
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0 #13 Machelikim Enoch 2019-09-15 15:25
Etihad follows British Airways as a major airline to suspend service to Uganda in the last three years. British Airways suspended its service to Entebbe in October 2015 after 24 years.

Other multinationals that have quit the struggling Ugandan economy in that period include supermarket chains Uchumi and Nakumatt and insurance giant AIG.

According to Bank of Uganda, the Ugandan economy slowed down to 3.9 percent annual growth in 2016-17. We should our carrier in the air at least
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0 #14 Machelikim Enoch 2019-09-15 15:53
So you might be wondering why I’m bringing up the old twin “switcheroo” plot twist — and what on earth it has to do with your professional

Well, I’ll tell you.
But first, let’s back up for a second, Time first
Because there are a few things they should understand about the Airline industry professionalism.

Of course, you already know that maintaining healthy flying levels is a great way to keep your maintenance first, we have to support & give them advice, like there re talking about A330-Neo1, but they have never thought of taking some of the Engineers, Pilots for the training, & they should be ready by the time that a330-800 is ready in place

The average time of the Ops has a total level of Staff 200 but who're they. This puts it squarely.
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+1 #15 Wainanchi 2019-09-16 03:12
Oh My God.You haters and saboteurs find rlevery amopportunty to Mick and and criticize Uganda .

Uganda is trying to make lives if it's citizens better and you call it failed state.

It is you who ate failing your country if you are indeed Ugandan! Shame of you things Kabbaka Yekka,Lysol and others Your scalps are rewarded Once caught we shall hang you for your balls.!
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0 #16 Kelly 2019-09-16 09:00
Quoting Tom Jabwe:
Surely all those who have commented must be from the opposition..Ironically some of them have never climbed in an a plane and may never do so.

They do not know the cost of a plane and that is why they ridicule the national planes,


Tom Jabwe, there is a Fennasi "specialized hospital" (Whatever that means) being mooted at Lubowa side by side with dilapidated (in terms of service) Kiruddu, Mulago etc Hospitals countrywide on tax payers' money and you want us to look on?!!!

Common sense dictates that if you put the 1.4 trillion money of the hospital into all referral hospitals (drug stocking), won't that provide better service?
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0 #17 zzunguluzungulu 2019-09-16 11:32
Quoting Tom Jabwe:
Surely all those who have commented must be from the opposition..Ironically some of them have never climbed in an a plane and may never do so.

They do not know the cost of a plane and that is why they ridicule the national planes,

....ha aaah so those who have been in a plane need to comment or know the cost of planes..eh e umgh!!!
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0 #18 rubangakene 2019-09-16 23:15
Uganda Airlines publicity officer has a duty to explain in consumable language" to ordinary Ugandan public why these planes need constant service even when they have sat on the ground for a while.

Fleet maintenance need what is called "staggered maintenance". I know it is still at its "embryonic" stage but we need assurances as potential travellers.
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+1 #19 Lakwena 2019-09-17 09:03
Quoting WADADA roger:
Oh dear, when you have a plane the size of a YY or gaga or global bus, you cant help but laugh to see it in the air, they had better re organise local airports for these planes to reduce the road carnage


I am with you Wadada.

In other words, the principle of process and humility pays. After goofing with lugezi-gezi and liquidated the UA, the best thing was to start small, with domestic flights, gain confidence and advance to regional and international.

But of all the countries, why make a failed state and terror prone Somali as a destination?
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0 #20 Majwara Oscar 2019-09-19 01:25
I see no one making any constructive point here. Let everyone concentrate on what they are good at and leave Aviation experts to concentrate on their area too.

So some needs explanation about maintenance for what? Do you have any idea or this is elitist Lugezigezi
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