By Jite Eriabie
Airbus secured a memorandum of understanding on Thursday from Air Senegal to buy two A330neo jets.
The agreement was reached on the final day of the weeklong, biennial Dubai Airshow, Airbus said in statement.
Air Sénégal becomes the first airline in Africa to purchase the widebody aircraft.
The agreement was announced during a signing ceremony at the Dubai Airshow in the presence of Maimouna Ndoye Seck, Minister of Air transport and Development of Airport Infrastructure, Senegal.
Air Senegal will launch operations in 2018 and the airline plans to use the A330neo to develop its medium and long-haul network with the aircraft offering cutting-edge technology along with more efficient operations, Airbus said.
CEO Air Sénégal, Philippe Bohn, said “Aviation is a catalyst for economc development and this purchase demonstrates Senegal’s ambitions for economic growth in line with the country’s strategy to accelerate progress towards emergence. The A330neo has proven itself to be the right aircraft, combining low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are looking forward to launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service”
‘’We are very pleased to welcome Air Sénégal among our A330neo customers. The A330neo offers the latest in fuel saving technologies combined with best-in-class comfort, reliability and operational efficiency. The A330 is the ideal choice for Air Sénégal to build its network and become West Africa’s fastest growing airline,’’ Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, John Leahy, said.
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