The launch of Uganda Airlines has been delayed following a dispute between the start-up’s interim board and its implementation team, reports ch-aviation.
A report said the delays have been blamed on the interim board — which is made up mostly of civil servants — missing key benchmarks such as the recruitment and training of pilots, and installing key position holders.
Government had planned to complete certification and launch the airline in April but, given lingering disagreements over five key technical posts – among them the chief pilot, director of operations and director of maintenance – that date has now been pushed back to June.
The report said that in light of the absence of these personnel and the corresponding lack of an AOC, the airline has been unable to take delivery of its first aircraft – CRJ-900s.
Delivery of the first of the Bombardier regional jets was due this month but has now been slated to take place on February 23 with the remaining three CRJs now due in March, July, and September.