Uganda receives Bombardier planes in step to national carrier relaunch
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April 23, 2019 - by Elias Biryabarema for reuters.com
Uganda received on Tuesday two passenger planes, a key step in the country's efforts to relaunch its defunct national carrier and share in the region's aviation business, which is dominated by Ethiopian Airlines and Kenyan Airways.
Founded by Uganda's former dictator Idi Amin in 1976, Uganda Airlines was liquidated in the 1990s by President Yoweri Museveni under a broader program to privatize troubled state firms and open up the economy to private enterprise.
But last year officials started pursuing plans to relaunch the airline to share in East Africa's growing aviation business.
The CRJ900 planes from Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier landed at Entebbe, the country's sole international airport located south of the capital Kampala early on Tuesday, to a gathering of dignitaries including Museveni.
The Ugandan government paid 280 billion shillings ($74.8 million) for the two planes...