Dakar, January 31 (APS) – Reception of the first Airbus A330-900 neo of the national airline Air Senegal, awaiting delivery of the second aircraft, is the fulfillment of the Emerging Senegal (PSE) promise, President Maki Sall said on Thursday.
The first Airbus "A330 neo", acquired by the national airline Air Senegal, was presented to the head of state Maki Sall on Thursday during an official ceremony held at the presidential pavilion of Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD),
The new aircraft of the national airline Air Senegal A330-900, called "Casamance" and registered 9H-SZN (in Malta), landed shortly after 13:30 in AIBD.
“For the first time, our country has acquired a fully owned aircraft of this magnitude, which is at the forefront of technology and innovation. I wanted to honor our beautiful natural region Kazamans, calling it by its name. This is the first Airbus A330-900 NEO, "said the head of state.
Mackie Sully explained that this reflects a strong desire for inclusive development, focused on increasing the value of our terroirs.
“Thus, the beautiful and shining Casamance offers us its shining mirror to reflect the image of the Senegalese teranga on the international lines of Air Senegal,” the head of state added.
He recalled that this new acquisition strengthens the fleet of the national carrier, which already consists of two new ATR 72-600. In the medium term, it will include 7 aircraft with delivery of the second A330-900 NEO and the third Airbus 319 during this year.
“Our national pavilion is now equipped to operate its intercontinental network, which reinforces our country's aspiration because of its geographical position to become an air hub at the intersection of intercontinental routes,” he said. know the president of the republic.
For him, with a modern airport that meets “the best international standards in terms of air traffic, it makes sense to work to position Senegal as an air hub that gives us access to the rest of the world.”
“Without much haste, we spent the time doing the necessary research, surrounding ourselves with the best skills to learn from past failures and make informed and informed decisions.” Step by step, Air Senegal came out of its nest and turned its wings gradually (…) Today our company has grown and is engaged in intercontinental service, ”said McKee Sall.
Air Senegal will be the carrier of A330neo in Africa, but it will not use it on February 1 to open its new Dakar-Blaise Diagne-Paris-Charles-Gaulle. Rented A330 will replace it for now.
The second Air Senegal "A330neo", named "Sine Saloum", designed for 32 passengers in business class, 21 in Premium and 237 in economy, is expected next year.
Air Sénégal currently serves a dozen regional destinations in 9 African countries, with two A319 and two ATR 72-600.