The first Airbus A330neo for an African carrier was handed over to Air Senegal on January 31. The aircraft, named Casamance, was presented during a ceremony at Blaise-Diagne International Airport in Dakar. Among those in attendance were His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Philippe Bohn, chief executive of Air Senegal.
The airline, which started operations in 2018, is set to begin operations with the new aircraft in the coming weeks making it the first African airline to operate the newest member of the Airbus widebody family. The aircraft is fitted with a three-class cabin comprising 32 Business class, 21 Premium Plus and 237 Economy class seats.
Air Senegal plans to operate its first A330neo on the soon to be opened Dakar-Paris route and develop its medium and long-haul network. The airline placed an order for two examples of the type in February 2018.