Seattle - Mauritania Airlines International has just taken delivery of its the only 737 MAX 8 ordered, which makes the African airline the first 737 MAX operator in Africa.

The aircraft, registered as 5T-CLJ, left the Boeing factory near Seattle on Wednesday, December 20 and landed in Nouakchott on Thursday, December 21, after a stopover in Gander, Canada. The aircraft had made its first test flight on December 8th.

We are proud to be the first carrier in Africa to operate the 737 MAX,
said Mohamed Radhi Bennahi, the CEO of Mauritania Airlines International.

"We are growing our fleet and will continue to develop our network to increase our profitably while introducing new routes to Europe and the Middle East,
he added.

Headquartered at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport in the Mauritanian capital, Mauritania Airlines International was founded in 2010 and currently serves a dozen destinations in Africa and one in Europe, Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain. The new 737 MAX is to be used to open new routes to Paris and Jeddah, the airline said at the Paris Air Show 2017. Mauritania Airlines was removed from the European Union's blacklist in December 2012.

The fleet currently has an Embraer 145, a 737-800, a 737-700, two 737-500 and therefore a 737 MAX 8.

In addition to Mauritania Airlines, the 737 MAX's African customers include Arik Air (Nigeria), Comair (South Africa) and Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia).