Senegal Airlines (Dakar) yesterday (October 23) started service with a Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner wet-leased from Falcon Aviation Services LLC of Abu Dhabi. The aircraft is one of two that were ordered under a firm purchase agreement between Bombardier and Falcon announced in February 2014.
As announced in July 2014, Falcon and Bombardier have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which they will jointly address the need in Africa for several modern, high-quality aircraft solutions which meet international standards. The entry-into-service of the Q400 NextGen aircraft with Senegal Airlines is the first example of the collaboration arranged under the MOU.
Senegal Airlines (Dakar) is preparing to launch scheduled passenger operations on January 25 with two Airbus A320s as the new flag carrier of Senegal.
The new airline was the vision of the President of the Republic of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade. Implemented under the leadership of Mr. Karim Wade, the State Minister, Minister of Air Transport, the company was established in May 2009 following the liquidation of the national carrier Air Senegal International. Senegal Airlines is a partnership between the State of Senegal and the private sector in Senegal.
Senegal Airlines will initially operate nonstop flights from Dakar to Abidjan, Bamako, Banjul, Conakry, Nouakchott and Ouagadougou.