Dakar - The new African company Air Senegal plans to take delivery of its first two ATR 72-600 soon to launch its operations before the end of the year.

The inauguration ceremony of the new company was announced for 7 of December 2017

Air Senegal has ordered two ATR 72-600s at the Paris Air Show 2017, a contract estimated at 50 million dollars at list price. ATR planned to deliver both aircraft in November 2017. The inauguration ceremony of the new company was announced for 7 of December 2017, the same day with the inauguration of the new international airport Blaise-Diagne Diass, located about fifty kilometers of Dakar.

"We did the technical reception of the ATRs in Toulouse which are in the colors of Senegal. We are in the phase of finalizing funding. Senegal has received good financing conditions from the French and Italian export credit agency. Currently, there are no major obstacles. We are at a steady pace. There was a delay that was caught up. The planes are ready. By the end of the month, we hope to close the financing so that we can take delivery," said Philippe Bohn, the CEO of Air Senegal

Air Senegal aims to make Dakar the first regional hub. As part of the Dubai Air Show, On November 16 it also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for two Airbus A330neo that will allow the company to cover the Dakar-Paris road, probably as early as next year.