Airbus announced Tuesday the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Air Senegal, the national carrier of Senegal, for the purchase of eight A220-300s.
On the third day of the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Airbus announced that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Air Senegal for the purchase of eight Airbus A220-300s. The MoU was signed in the presence of His Excellency, Alioune Sarr, Minister of Tourism and Transport for Senegal. In Tuesday’s announcement, Air Senegal’s CEO, Mr. Ibrahima Kane said,
“These new 220 aircrafts will contribute to develop our long-haul network to Europe and our regional network in Africa. Combined with our recent A330neo aircraft, this new Airbus fleet reveals Air Senegal’s ambition to offer the best travel experience for our passengers.”
Commenting on today’s MoU, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Scherer added,
“The number of A220s operating on the African continent is steadily growing and we are proud to add Senegal’s new flag carrier to our list of A220 African customers. Offering the lowest operating costs in its category, the A220 is the best aircraft for airlines to launch new domestic and international routes efficiently.”
Currently, the Airbus A220 is the only purpose-built aircraft serving the 100-150 passenger market. Powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines, the aircraft offers a reduced noise footprint and a 20% reduction in fuel burn, while delivering the comfort of larger aircraft. As of the end of October 2019, Airbus had received a total of 530 A220 Family aircraft orders.