Emerging Senegal: African Aspiration

With state-of-the-art aircraft and plans for expansion, new flag carrier Air Senegal is aiming to avoid the failures of its West African predecessors. Matteo Legnani travelled to Dakar to speak with senior management about the airline’s ambitions.

Air Senegal’s maiden Airbus A330-900, 9H-SZN (c/n 1910), was handed over on March 9, 2019.
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Since the beginning of the new millennium, the Republic of Senegal has been synonymous with high-profile airline failures, often blamed on political issues, inadequate equipment, financial woes and inefficient route networks. Casualties have included Air Afrique – made up of a consortium of 14 West African countries – in February 2002, Air Sénégal International seven years later and Sénégal Airlines in April 2016. When the last of these ceased operations, the country with a population of 16 million was without a national airline.

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