Airbus efficiency and commonality to support development of new national carrier
Senegal Airlines, the new national carrier of the Republic of Senegal, which is majority owned by the Senegalese private sector, has signed a letter of intent to purchase four A320 family aircraft and two A330s. The airline, which will replace Air Senegal International, will launch services in early 2010 from its hub in Dakar to destinations in Africa and Europe.
?The operational efficiency and passenger comfort offered by the A320 family and A330 will enable Senegal Airlines to prosper and grow into a major player in the African Aviation market and become a key partner in the economic development of our country.? said Mr Karim Wade, the Honorable Senior State Minister of International Cooperation, Urban and Regional Planning, Infrastructure and Air Transport for Senegal.
?Airbus is honoured to support the launch of Senegal Airlines," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "By chosing the eco-efficient Airbus family of aircraft, Senegal Airlines can exploit the many advantages Airbus commonality, giving them the best possible platform for development and growth.? The Airbus aircraft family offers cockpit and operational commonality across the family, allowing the airline to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers across the fleet.
The A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is recognised as the benchmark single-aisle aircraft family. More than 6,400 Airbus A320 Family aircraft have been sold to more than 300 customers and operators worldwide, making it the world?s best selling commercial jetliner ever. With proven reliability and extended servicing periods, the A320 Family has the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft. Uniquely, the A320 Family offers a containerized cargo system, which is compatible with the world wide standard wide-body system.
The unbeatable economic efficiency of the A330 Family and its superior operational performance has positioned the twin engine jet as being one of the most widely used wide-body aircraft in service today. Airbus has won more than 1,000 orders for the aircraft and more than 600 A330s are in operation worldwide with more than 80 customers and operators. The combined fleet has achieved almost 14 million flight hours and serves around 300 destinations worldwide.