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Air Senegal clarifies the deployment plan of the first Airbus A330neo



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The first Air Senegal wide-body aircraft, the Airbus A330-900neo (check-in 9H-SZN), takes off from Toulouse Airport in France on January 29, 2019 for the first of several test flights.airbus

The first Airbus A330neo, based in Africa, will land in Dakar, Senegal, on January 31, as originally planned, but the aircraft is not ready for passenger service and will have to return to France for further flight tests.

A source in Air Senegal confirmed that the plane will be officially presented to the President of Senegal, Mackey Sall, at Blaise-Diana Dakar International Airport on Thursday.

Airbus pilots will be at the helm of the new aircraft, which today conducted the first of a "series" of test flights over the Atlantic Ocean. The source called these tests "routine" and rejected the statements of some media that there were problems with the engines of the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 airline.

The government-owned Air Senegal hoped to launch a long-haul aircraft immediately after the presidential ceremony, setting it apart for a new daily flight from Dakar to Paris. Instead, passengers will travel on Airbus A340 (registration number 9H-SUN), operated by Hi Fly Malta, the wet hire operator, when the route starts on February 1.

“We support Air Senegal with… A340 for the month of February,” said Paulo Mirpuri, executive director of Hi Fly, in a telephone interview today. He said the A340 will be available "until they get [A330neo] plane "and that it will fly in the existing monochromatic color range.

Air Senegal will temporarily maintain its Dakar-Paris route, which begins on February 1, 2019, with this Airbus A340, operated by Hi Fly Malta (registration 9H-SUN).Antonio Montes

9H-SUN was relocated from Beja, Hi Fly Portuguese Base, to Brussels on January 25th. It is expected that he will inevitably fly south to Dakar.

The Senegalese source could not give an exact date for the delivery of the A330neo, stating that Airbus would make the final decision and that the “second half of February” now looks likely. They stressed the importance of conducting proper safety tests for all commercial aircraft and noted that small delays are characteristic of launching new types of aircraft.

Air Senegal will become only the second operator in the world A330neo – an updated version of the best-selling model of the Airbus wide-body aircraft. TAP Portugal became the launch customer in November of this year.

Last year, the West African airline took off to the skies, which was the third attempt by Senegal to operate a national airline. It is headed by the former head of Airbus, Phil Bon, and she plans to make Dakar the largest aviation hub in the subregion. region.

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The first Air Senegal wide-body aircraft, the Airbus A330-900neo (check-in 9H-SZN), takes off from Toulouse Airport in France on January 29, 2019 for the first of several test flights.airbus

The first Airbus A330neo, based in Africa, will land in Dakar, Senegal, on January 31, as originally planned, but the aircraft is not ready for passenger service and will have to return to France for further flight tests.

A source in Air Senegal confirmed that the plane will be officially presented to the President of Senegal, Mackey Sall, at Blaise-Diana Dakar International Airport on Thursday.

Airbus pilots will be at the helm of the new aircraft, which today conducted the first of a "series" of test flights over the Atlantic Ocean. The source called these tests "routine" and rejected the statements of some media that there were problems with the engines of the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 airline.

The government-owned Air Senegal hoped to launch a long-haul aircraft immediately after the presidential ceremony, setting it apart for a new daily flight from Dakar to Paris. Instead, passengers will travel on Airbus A340 (registration number 9H-SUN), operated by Hi Fly Malta, the wet hire operator, when the route starts on February 1.

“We support Air Senegal with… A340 for the month of February,” said Paulo Mirpuri, executive director of Hi Fly, in a telephone interview today. He said the A340 will be available "until they get [A330neo] plane "and that it will fly in the existing monochromatic color range.

Air Senegal will temporarily maintain its Dakar-Paris route, which begins on February 1, 2019, on this Hi-Fly Malta A340 airbus (registration 9H-SUN).Antonio Montes

9H-SUN was relocated from Beja, Hi Fly Portuguese Base, to Brussels on January 25th. It is expected that he will inevitably fly south to Dakar.

The Senegalese source was unable to give an exact delivery date for the A330neo, stating that Airbus would make the final decision and that the “second half of February” now looks likely. They stressed the importance of conducting proper safety tests for all commercial aircraft and noted that small delays are characteristic of launching new types of aircraft.

Air Senegal will become only the second operator in the world A330neo – an updated version of the best-selling model of the Airbus wide-body aircraft. TAP Portugal became the launch customer in November of this year.

Last year, the West African airline took off to the skies, which was the third attempt by Senegal to fly a carrier under the national flag. He is headed by the former head of Airbus, Phil Bon, and he plans to make Dakar the largest aviation hub in the subregion.


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