Drop of water in an ocean of orders (additional than just one thousand sold) at the recent Paris Air Display, the deal of two ATR 72-600 concretizes the start of Air Sénégal SA, the new Senegalese countrywide firm. It will acquire these initial two plane in November for a start of operations on December seventh. On the very same working day as the commissioning of the new Blaise-Diagne intercontinental airport in N'Diass. This airport is found about fifty kilometers from Dakar and it is since 2015 that its opening is predicted.
Cautionary approach for Air Senegal
These bulletins ended up officially announced on the ATR stand at Le Bourget in the presence of Maimouna Ndoye Seck, Senegalese Minister of Tourism and Air Transport, and Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport. Air Senegal, proposing to ensure shut domestic and regional one-way links, like Mauritania and Guinea, does not put the cart right before the horse, and do not forget to go through the square of an airline. The past attempts of a countrywide firm, seeking to recreate a firm far too immediately in the mode “Air Africa”, had been doomed to failure.
This time, the provider begins small with ATR 72-600. These 70-seat turboprops do not give the disproportionate ability for a start of the Airbus A320 or the Boeing B737 (from one hundred fifty to a hundred and eighty seats) put on line in past attempts. In addition, the ATR, which is content with limited and limited runways, can carry bulk cargo through a cargo doorway at the entrance of the plane without the need of the want for specialized managing equipment. This running flexibility is involved with an hourly flight value of 30% much less than a comparable ability jet for a flight time of only five to 10 minutes more time.
Remains not to drop into the excesses of the past providers like Air Senegal Global (2001-2009) and Senegal Airways (2009-2016). These had foundered amongst other items simply because of plane tickets of comfort, but also a plethoric selection not often justified.