1 APRIL 2019
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Formed only in 2016 and headed by former Airbus Group vice-president Philippe Bohn, Air Senegal has taken delivery of its first A330-900 from the Airbus production line in Toulouse, becoming the first African carrier to fly the new-generation wide-body.
Drawing best practices from the A350 XWB, the carrier’s Dash-900 features latest technology engines, new wings with enhanced aerodynamics and a curved wingtip design. The aircraft was formally presented to Senegalese president Macky Sall at Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport.
Air Senegal says it plans to operate the aircraft, fitted with a three-class interior with 32 Business Class, 21 Premium Plus and 237 Economy Class seats, on its route between Dakar and Paris and use it to develop its medium- and long-haul network.
Bohn said: “The A330neo is the true new-generation aircraft building on the best-selling wide-body A330’s features and leveraging on A350 XWB technology.
“Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330neo provides an unprecedented level of efficiency – with 25% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation competitors.”
The Air Senegal aircraft is also equipped with the Airspace by Airbus cabin, which Airbus says offers a unique passenger experience with more personal space and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and connectivity.
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