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Air Senegal

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Air Senegal
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IATA ICAO Callsign
HC SZN SENSA
Founded2016
Commenced operations14 May 2018
HubsBlaise Diagne International Airport
Fleet size8
Destinations19
HeadquartersDakar, Senegal
Key peopleIbrahima Kane, CEO
Websiteflyairsenegal.com

Air Senegal Template:Airline codes, is the flag carrier of the Republic of Senegal. Created in 2016, it is state owned through investment arm Caisse des Dépots et Consignation du Sénégal. It is based at Blaise Diagne International Airport in Dakar, Senegal.[1]

History[edit source | edit]

The airline was created in 2016 to replace bankrupt carrier Senegal Airlines under liquidation. The new national airline is part of a large, 20-year horizon investment plan referred to as Plan Sénégal Émergent (PSE) initiated by President Macky Sall. Air Senegal aims to be the leader in West African air transport.[2] The airline is headed by Philippe Bohn, a former Vice President of Airbus.[3] On 29 April 2018, the airline received its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC)[4] and commenced domestic flights on 14 May 2018 with a fleet of two brand new ATR72-600s. In the fourth quarter of 2018, it leased two Airbus A319s from Lessors Avolon and Apollo and started deploying to several regional destinations. The airline added a third A319 jet in June 2019, to serve regional destinations, including Abidjan, Cotonou and Conakry.[5]

The airline ordered two long-haul wide-body Airbus A330-900neos in November 2017 at the Dubai Air Show.[6] The airline became the first acquirer of this new type of aircraft in Africa.[7] The first plane arrived in January 2019 after a delivery flight from Toulouse and launched the daily Dakar–Paris route.[8][9] The second A330-900neo is expected later in 2019 and is expected to be deployed to intercontinental destinations in North America and Brazil.[1]

Air Senegal has indicated its intent to open up its capital and raise equity money with high-profile international investors by the end of 2019. It is advised by the financial advisory conglomerate Lazard.[10][11]

In November 2019, at the 2019 Dubai Air Show, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed for 8 Airbus A220-300 regional jets, the airline's largest order so far.[12] According to CEO Ibrahima Kane, “[They] will contribute to develop our long haul network to Europe and our regional network in Africa”, with routes to London, Geneva and Lagos expected to be launched.[13] The first A220 is expected to be delivered in 2021 and upon delivery Air Senegal will become the third African airline to operate the Airbus A220 after Air Tanzania and EgyptAir, and the first airline in West Africa to operate them.

The end of 2019 saw big expansion for the carrier. In mid-November the airline strengthened its domestic links with a new route to Cap Skirring using its ATR 72-600s, its second domestic route after Ziguinchor.[14] There was also expansion in the long haul sector with the arrival of a 2nd A330-900neo, which enabled the airline to begin flights to Marseille and Barcelona, the airline's first destination in Spain.[15][16] The addition of 2 Boeing 737-500s on lease from Romanian airline Blue Air allowed Air Senegal to launch new routes to multiple countries in Western Africa, including Casablanca in Morocco, Ghana's capital city Accra, as well as Abuja and Lagos in Nigeria.[17][18]

Destinations[edit source | edit]

As of February 2020, Air Senegal operated to the following destinations:[19]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Benin Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport [20]
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou Ouagadougou Airport
Cape Verde Praia Nelson Mandela International Airport [20]
Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport Terminated [21]
Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport [20]
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport [22]
Marseille Marseille Provence Airport [23]
Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport [24]
Guinea Conakry Conakry International Airport
Guinea-Bissau Bissau Osvaldo Vieira International Airport [20]
Mali Bamako Bamako–Sénou International Airport
Mauritania Nouakchott Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport [24]
Morocco Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport [24]
Niger Niamey Diori Hamani International Airport [25]
Nigeria Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport [24]
Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport [24]
Senegal Cap Skirring Cap Skirring Airport [26]
Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport Template:Airline hub [20]
Ziguinchor Ziguinchor Airport
Sierra Leone Freetown Lungi International Airport Begins 23 June 2020 [27]
Spain Barcelona Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport [23]
Switzerland Geneva Geneva Airport Begins 18 June 2020 [28]
United Kingdom London London Stansted Airport Begins 26 June 2020 [27]

Fleet[edit source | edit]

Air Senegal Airbus A330-900neo

As of February 2020, Air Senegal operates the following aircraft:[29]

Air Senegal fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C P Y Total
Airbus A220-300 8 TBA Deliveries starting in 2021.[30]
Airbus A319-100 2 12 108 120
Airbus A321-200 2[31] 16 149 165[32]
Airbus A330-900neo 2 32 21 237 290 Delivered in 2019.
ATR 72-600 2 70 70
Boeing 737-500 2 120 120 On lease from Blue Air
Total 8 10

Associations and memberships[edit source | edit]

In September 2019, Air Senegal was admitted as a member of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).[33]

References[edit source | edit]

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