Dakar - On February 2, Air Senegal finalized with Airbus a firm order for two A330neo, the first wide-body aircraft of the African airline operator.
Senegal's new national airline finalizes an order with Airbus announced last November at the Dubai Air Show. The firm order was signed on February 2, 2018, during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macro to Senegal.
These A330neo will help develop our medium and long-haul network,said Philippe Bohn, the CEO of Air Senegal.
It is important for us to start our business with aircraft types that are both reliable and economical while offering our passengers an unparalleled comfort. This order reflects our ambition for our new company,he added.
Air Senegal has already received its first planes, two ATR 72-600, but the company is slow to start operations. At the end of November, Philippe Bohn indicated that the air operator license was being drawn up.
Air Senegal will also receive two single-aisle Airbus A319 / A320 aircraft this year. The two A330neos would arrive in January 2019 and will be deployed on the transatlantic routes.
Air Senegal is based at the newly opened Blaise Diagne International Airport, located about 50 kilometers from Dakar.