Uganda Airlines officials revealed that the inaugural flight of Uganda Airlines cost the company at least Shs 120 million.
The newly revived airline on Tuesday, made its inaugural flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) with 74 passengers on board. Among them were three cabinet officials led by the minister for Works and Transport Monica Ntege Azuba, Uganda Airlines and Uganda Civil Aviation officials, tour operators, celebrities and journalists.
The Inaugural flight crew had four hostesses and two pilots. Upon arrival at JKIA, the officials were welcomed by the Ugandan High Commissioner Phibby Awere Otaala and Jonny Andersen the managing director and chief executive officer of Kenya Airports Authority who acknowledged Uganda for the revival of the airlines.
A return journey from JKIA Nairobi costs $440(Around 1.62 million) according to the recently advertised rates on the Uganda Airlines website. The marketing manager and commercial director of the Uganda Airlines Jennifer Bamutulaki Kamusiime revealed that the offer to transport several officials, celebrities and business operators across the country was a way to market the airline to all the people across the region.
So they had to spend shs. 120 million for all the passengers on board for promotional purposes worth 7,000 – 12,000 litres of fuel to operate such a medium sized aircraft like the Bombadier CRJ 900 from Entebbe to Nairobi.
Among other things that caused commotion are the hand written boarding passes. The hand written boarding pass drew a lot of criticism on social media about the preparedness of the company to handle commercial flights.
Well the first commercial flight happened yesterday at exactly 6:00 am reporting a success in matters to do with time management but the 76 carrier plane had only 8 passengers on board paying up to 8 million not even a quarter of what was invested for promotional purposes.