Air Senegal

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Air Senegal
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations14 May 2018
HubsBlaise Diagne International Airport
Fleet size8
HeadquartersDakar, Senegal
Key peopleIbrahima Kane, CEO

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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jose Antonio Payet (21 September 2019). "Air Senegal Plans to Launch U.S. Flights". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  2. Air Senegal (2018). "The Air Senegal Experience" (Translated from the original French). Dakar: Air Senegal. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  3. Eutou Xalima (14 August 2017). "Who is Philippe Bohn, the new French DG of Air Sénégal SA?" (Translated from the original French). Atlanta, Georgia, United States: Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  4. Martin Rivers (30 April 2018). "Newly Certified Air Senegal To Launch Flights In May, Adding A319s". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  5. African Aerospace (7 June 2019). "A New A319 For Air Senegal" (Route Planning & Tourism). Rochford, Essex, United Kingdom: African Aerospace. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  6. David Kaminski-Morrow (16 November 2017). "Dubai: Air Senegal Signs For A330neo". Sutton, London, United Kingdom: FlightGlobal. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  7. Airbus SE (2 February 2018). "Air Sénégal Confirms Its Order For Two A330neo Aircraft". Airbus SE. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  8. Ben Lucky (25 September 2018). "Air Senegal Will Start Flying To Paris With A330neos". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  9. Martin Rivers (26 September 2018). "Air Senegal To Launch Paris Flights On February 1st, 2019". Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  10. La Lettre A (11 June 2019). "The Lazard Frères Bank Accompanies The Air Senegal Fundraiser" (Translated from the original French). La Lettre A. Paris. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  11. African Intelligence (24 July 2019). "Lazard To Launch Air Senegal Share Offer" (West Africa Newsletter). Paris, France: African Intelligence. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  12. "Air Senegal to grow its fleet with eight Airbus A220s". Airbus SE. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  13. Nicholas Cummins (19 November 2019). "Air Senegal Orders 8 Airbus A220s at Dubai Air Show". Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  14. Jim Liu (5 November 2019). "Air Senegal adds Cap Skirring service from mid-Nov 2019". Retrieved 27 December 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  15. "Air Sénégal reçoit son deuxième Airbus A330neo". Air&Cosmos. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  16. Jim Liu (2 October 2019). "Air Senegal schedules Barcelona / Marseille launch in Dec 2019". Retrieved 27 December 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  17. "Romania's Blue Air wet-leases B737-500 to Air Sénégal". ch-aviation. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  18. Jim Liu (16 October 2019). "Air Senegal continues Africa network expansion in W19". Retrieved 27 December 2019. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  19. Air Senegal (9 October 2019). "Air Senegal: Arrivals And Departures". Air Senegal. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Liu, Jim (26 September 2018). "Air Senegal Outlines Proposed Regional Network From Late September 2018".
  21. Liu, Jim (10 October 2019). "Air Senegal Cabo Verde serivce changes from late-Oct 2019".
  22. Liu, Jim (25 September 2018). "Air Senegal Plans Paris Launch In February 2019".
  23. 23.0 23.1 Jim Liu (2 October 2019). "Air Senegal Schedules Barcelona/Marseille Launch In December 2019".
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 "Air Senegal continues Africa network expansion in W19". 16 October 2019.
  25. Jim Liu (9 July 2019). "Air Senegal Schedules New Routes In 3Q19".
  26. Liu, Jim (5 November 2019). "Air Senegal adds Cap Skirring service from mid-Nov 2019".
  27. 27.0 27.1 Liu, Jim. "Air Senegal adds London / Freetown service from late-June 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  28. Liu, Jim (7 February 2020). "Air Senegal expands European service; Geneva launch in June 2020".
  29. "The Fleet of Air Senegal". Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  30. "Air Sénégal signs MoU for 8 A220-300s". 19 November 2019.
  31. "Air Senegal expands to Europe with A321". 14 February 2020.
  32. Liu, Jim (17 February 2020). "Air Senegal adds A321 service to Casablanca from April 2020".
  33. Logistic Update Africa Correspondent (6 September 2019). "AFRAA Receives Safarilink, Air Djibouti, Air Senegal, Uganda Airlines As Members". New Bombay, India: Logistic Update Africa. Retrieved 7 September 2019.

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