First Airbus A330-900 of Air Senegal appears with the airline's colors

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Toulouse - Air Senegal's first A330-900 appears with the airline's colors out of the paint shop in Toulouse. The aircraft will be delivered to the African operator in a few weeks after final tests.

Air Senegal has ordered two A330-900 in total and wants to open new routes with the arrival of its new widebodies. Dakar and Paris will presumably be the first scheduled service.

The current fleet of the company includes two Airbus A319 and two ATR 72-600, so the arrival of the A330s with 290 seats means a substantial capacity increase.

Thanks to its new generation engines and aerodynamic enhancements, Airbus's new widebody consumes about 14 percent less kerosene than its predecessor, the A330-300. Launch customer TAP Air Portugal put its first A330-900 in service last week between Lisbon and Sao Paulo.

Africa's fast growing air travel market keeps on drawing the attention of the industry. Last week Air Tanzania received its first Airbus A220-300, and Nigerian Green Africa Airways placed an order for 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 with 50 options.