The joy and hope that greeted the arrival of the two Bombadier airplanes, part of the Uganda Airlines fleet have started to fade. This is after the airline did not start operations as earlier promised on July 1st. When the planes arrived, the responsible officials released a schedule saying that the aircrafts shall hit the skies on July 1st. However, 10 days after the scheduled first flight, and without any explanation, the country is starting to wonder when the aircrafts shall hit the skies.
Reports have now emerged that the airline is yet to acquire an air operator certificate(AOC), among other requirements.
The AOC is the approval granted by the country’s aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and system in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public. The certificate lists the aircraft types and registrations to be used, for what purpose and in what area which includes specific airports or geographic region.
Other requirements included branding and uniform design, setting up of commercial offices and distribution network including airline association memberships, final online system design and roll out of booking systems and payment gateways.
All these are yet to be fulfilled and the date for the airline’s first flight is now unknown. For now, the country can only ask, when will the airline start operations?