LONDON – Air Senegal has received its first Airbus A330neo, making it the first
The aircraft touched down at Blaise-Diagne International Airport in Dakar on January 31 at a press ceremony and delegates.
The carrier started operations in 2018 and placed a order for two of the units at the Dubai Air Show in 2017 through a Memorandum of Understanding. It was firmed a year after.
At the time, the CEO of the carrier Philippe Bohn commented on this deal, stating it "demonstrates our ambitions for our new airline".
"These A330neo aircraft will contribute to developing our medium and long-haul network. It is important to us that our passengers are able to travel Unrivaled comfort, "he said.
Airbus were just as happy at the time.
"We are pleased to count Air Senegal as a new customer. These A330neos will enable Air Senegal to provide an unbeatable economy and offer its passengers an outstanding level of comfort in its market, "said Fouad Attar Head of Commercial Aircraft Airbus Africa Middle East.
The aircraft is configured in a three-class set-up. It offers 32 seats in Business Class, 21 in Premium Plus, and 237 in Economy class.
The first aircraft will be launched in Dakar-Paris and will be used to develop operations across the medium and long-haul network.
The aircraft also features the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, offering a fuel consumption reduction of 25%, benefiting the carrier through cost and further efficiency.
Ultimately, it is down to Air Senegal to decide where else to operate, especially in the medium-haul network.
It provides further opportunities for new routes in the future, to connect areas of Europe and beyond with the African continent.
The two units will ultimately be tested for Air Senegal's success and will be awarded with further orders.