Dakar - The new airline Air Senegal has signed a memorandum of understanding for two Airbus A330neo, the first major wide-body carriers of its fleet.

Air Senegal aims to grow its medium and long-haul network with two A330neo.

On the last day of the Dubai Air Show on November 16, 2017, Airbus announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Air Senegal covering two A330neo aircraft, without specifying the model. Emerging from the ashes of the defunct Senegal Airlines, the company is due to launch its operations on December 7th from the new Dakar-Blaise Diagne airport. The company will be launch operator of the A330neo in Africa.

The two aircraft will benefit its growth and the expansion of Air Senegal's medium and long-haul network said Airbus in a statement, after the signing of the agreement in the presence of the Minister of Aviation Maimouna Ndoye Seck.

For CEO Phillipe Bohn, aviation is a catalyst for economic development, and this purchase demonstrates Senegal's economic growth ambitions in line with the country's strategy to accelerate progress towards emergence.

"The A330neo proved to be the right aircraft, combining low operating costs, long-range flying capabilities and high levels of comfort. We look forward to launching operations and offering our customers the best service in its class. The A330neo is the ideal choice for Air Senegal to build its network and become the fastest growing airline in West Africa," added John Leahy, Director of Customer Operations at Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Air Senegal should be officially launched next month. Recall that the company already ordered two ATR 72-600 in June at the Paris Air Show, and then evoked the acquisition of single-aisle and widebody which should allow it to cover the famous road from Paris to Dakar.