Dakar - The new airline operator Air Senegal received its AOC (Air Operator Certificate) on April 30, and carried out its inaugural flight between Dakar and Ziguinchor with one of its two ATR 72-600s.

Five months later than planned, the company which was born in 2016 from the ashes of Senegal Airlines, obtained its air operator certificate on 30 April 2018. One of its two ATRs made the first flight from Dakar-Blaise Diagne airport to Ziguinchor.

Air Senegal officially starts its domestic flights this week according to the Minister of Air Transport Maïmouna Ndoye Seck. But its website does not propose any reservations as of Tuesday morning.

Senegalese President Macky Sall congratulated the company yesterday on Twitter for starting operations.

Air Senegal has two ATR 72-600 ordered in June 2017 at the Paris Air Show. The carrier is expected to lease two Airbus A319 by the end of the year. In February 2018, It also finalized an order for two A330neo of which it will be launch company in Africa.

Air Senegal CEO Phillipe Bohn explained that aviation is a catalyst for economic development, and this purchase is in line with Senegal's economic growth ambitions and strategy.

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,
Bohn also said.