Air Sénégal orders two A330neo aircraft for long-haul growth

Air Sénégal orders two A330neo aircraft for long-haul growth

Air Sénégal, the new national flag carrier of Senegal, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the delivery of two A330neos.

Although Airbus did not state the variant in the press release, the accompanying composite image caption said that the aircraft will be a Rolls-Royce-powered A330-900neo.

Alongside the firm order, the airline also placed options for two further aircraft.

Air Sénégal was set up in 2016 as a replacement for Senegal Airlines, which ceased operations in April 2016 having run up millions of dollars of debt.

“Aviation is a catalyst for economic development and this purchase demonstrates Senegal’s ambitions for economic growth in line with the country’s strategy to accelerate progress towards emergence,” said Philippe Bohn, CEO of Air Sénégal. “The A330neo has proven itself to be the right aircraft, combining low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are looking forward to launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service.”

It is believed that the airline will use the A330-900neos on new routes linking Senegal’s capital Dakar with Paris, France, as well as other medium- and long-haul routes.

“We are very pleased to welcome Air Sénégal among our A330neo customers. The A330neo offers the latest in fuel-saving technologies combined with best-in-class comfort, reliability and operational efficiency,” said John Leahy, chief operating officer Customers, Airbus. “The A330 is the ideal choice for Air Sénégal to build its network and become West Africa’s fastest growing airline.”

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies November 16, 2017 14:30