Uganda Airlines will contract a private company to provide Aircraft fuel at Entebbe International Airlines. The information was communicated by the minister of Works and transport Eng. Monica Azuba Ntege during a press conference at her office in Kampala this morning.
The minister was answering a query about the high fuel prices that are likely to affect the works of the aircraft. In response, Eng. Azuba said there is a company whose name she would not reveal that will be providing fuel.
She further explained that it is a partnership between a local company and one other international one. The minister also revealed that the company will also provide fuel in all destinations they are flying to.
The airline which takes to the skies next month, recently suffered a setback when they postponed their maiden flight from July 31st to an unknown date in August.
While an official from the airline who preferred anonymity intimated to us that the launch is on 9th and maiden flight on 11th July, the minister says there are not official dates.
Eng. Azuba says that after acquiring an Air Operators Certificate, the airline will wait for 30 days to prepare to fly. She also added that the remaining 2 bombardiers will arrive in September.
The planes were meant to arrive this month, but the minister says they have not received an official notice from Bombardier, the Canadian company that manufactured the planes, to go and pick the planes.
“We are waiting for a notice from the manufacturer. They are supposed to give us a 30 days’ notice and then we shall pick them. We have not yet fully paid for them, but do not worry for the money is available” the minister told members of the press.
The minister further announced that they are testing reservation and booking systems.