JOHANNESBURG – The historic launch of Uganda Airlines has been set back by several months due to a widening rift between the airline’s interim board and the implementation team.
The friction between the two sides has forced Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to intervene after the launch, which was expected in April, was postponed until June. Talk of a revised launch date was confirmed by the chief executive of Uganda Airlines, Ephraim Bagenda, last week, the East African reported.
The delay is a consequence of key milestones, including securing an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) — which is contingent on having key post holders in place — being missed.
Five in total, the key posts, which include chief pilot, director of operations and director of maintenance, are responsible for compliance with the terms of the AOC at the airline level. Without the above the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) cannot issue an AOC and in turn an aircraft cannot be registered to the airline unless it holds an AOC.
In a domino effect, the missing key posts have impacted aircraft delivery. Earlier registering them under the government’s name was considered as a stopgap measure.