I recently came across a YouTube video posted by Montreal plane spotter, Mark Brandon, showing the first of four Bombardier CRJ900’s being prepared for delivery for the revival of a flag carrier, Uganda Airlines, for the historically troubled African nation. The original airline ceased operations in 2001.
The CRJ900 is an interesting choice because the Bombardier regional jet program has been a study in evolution beginning with the CRJ100 which entered service in 1992 with Lufthansa CityLine as the launch carrier.
The program has often struggled with fierce competition from Embraer but has survived and always managed to be flexible and modify the basic design of the aircraft model to suit the needs of its customers. It seems to be an appropriate choice for this emerging nation’s new identity.
Planespotters.net currently shows registration C-GZWO as being the test registration for the first of the four aircraft to be delivered. Hopefully both this aircraft and the new Uganda flag carrier are beginning a long and successful history.