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Uganda Airlines launches new operations with Kenya trip

August 27, 2019
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 23, 2019 file photo, cameramen film at a ceremony to mark the arrival of two CRJ-900 jets from Canadian aerospace company Bombardier, at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda. Uganda's national carrier "Uganda Airlines" launched commercial operations Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, with a flight to the Kenyan capital Nairobi. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 23, 2019 file photo, cameramen film at a ceremony to mark the arrival of two CRJ-900 jets from Canadian aerospace company Bombardier, at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda. Uganda's national carrier "Uganda Airlines" launched commercial operations Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, with a flight to the Kenyan capital Nairobi. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi, File)

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda’s national airline has launched commercial operations with a flight to the Kenyan capital.

Uganda Airlines’ inaugural flight to Nairobi on Tuesday carried mostly government and airline officials following a ceremony to re-launch the carrier that collapsed in 2001.

Uganda Airlines owns two planes. Four more have been ordered, including two Airbus jets.

The carrier will fly to regional destinations such as the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni championed the revamped airline as a symbol of national pride, calling it “a new baby” in June.

Authorities acknowledge the airlines faces challenges but hope it will survive as the East African nation becomes an oil producer.

Uganda Airlines is expected to face competition from carriers such as Kenya Airways, which operates regular flights between Nairobi and Entebbe.

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