An Air Uganda aircraft at Entebbe International Airport. Photo/MORGAN MBABAZI

Information is now available on the IATA website that Air Uganda, the Pearl of Africa’s quasi national airline, has been accorded the coveted ‘IATA Operational Safety Audit’ certification until 30th September 2013 when renewal audit is due to retain the status.

Recipient is in fact Meridiana Africa Airlines (U) Limited which trades as Air Uganda since its inception in 2007. This certification, attained shortly after the airline turned 5 in November, will now permit U7 to enter into partnerships, wider commercial agreements and code share arrangements with more ‘senior’ airlines which in today’s safety conscious aviation environment often make it a key requirement to even consider entering into discussing such formal arrangements. From records available this also makes Air Uganda the country’s first ever commercial jet operation to received the IOSA certification.

In a related development it was also confirmed late yesterday that Air Uganda will be launching a Premium Economy fare for flights on their all economy CRJ200 aircraft. The slightly higher fare will give passengers lounge access in all airports the airline flies to except in Juba, give them a 35 kg baggage allowance and under normal circumstances will keep the seat next to the passenger empty for greater comfort in flight – the CRJ200 has a 2×2 cabin layout. In addition an enhanced catering will be served for Premium Economy passengers, reservation changes are free of cost and added bonus miles are awarded under U7’s frequent flyer programme.

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