Air Senegal receives Africa’s first A330neo


Air Senegal has received its first A330-900 aircraft from Airbus, becoming the first African airline to get the -900neo model.

Airbus made the announcement on 8 March, saying the aircraft had been delivered at the manufacturer’s production line in Toulouse, France.

The aircraft (named Casamance) 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 its Dakar-Paris route and to further develop its medium and long-haul network.

The A330-900neo originally flew from Toulouse to Dakar on 31 January as part of an event attended by president Macky Sall. The Rolls Royce Trent 7000-powered aircraft then returned to France ahead of its official delivery in March.

Air Senegal was launched in 2016 and began operations in 2018 with A319-100s and ATR 72-600s. It has two A330neos on order.

Airbus said the A330neo features A350 XWB technology, giving lower fuel burn than previous models. The carrier flies to nine destinations in eight countries.