Air Senegal SA: Most Promising Regional Airline West Africa 2018

Jerôme Maillet, Chief Strategy & Investment Officer and Philippe Bohn, CEO

The Senegalese government has high hopes that its national airline, Air Senegal SA, will lift the country and its economy to new heights. Under the country’s Plan Emergent Senegal (PSE), the national airline was reinstated with a new focus and strategy: ownership, autonomy, and expansion. Air Senegal SA transformed the problems of its predecessors into a solid foundation for success by investing in asset acquisitions to ensure its own autonomy. Founded in late 2016 and led by former Airbus Senior Vice President Philippe Bohn, Air Senegal SA purchased two brand new ATR turboprops to serve its domestic and regional network. In a short time, the airline has expanded its regional services to include international destinations and added two Airbus 319s to its fleet. In February 2019, Air Senegal SA opens a daily route between Dakar and Paris and welcomes the first of its newest fleet additions – two Airbus A330-900 Neos, the latest of the line, with optimised fuel efficiency and passenger capacity. The airline feels confident in its goal to establish Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport as the regional air hub for West Africa – and itself as the region’s air transport leader. The Air Senegal SA team is composed of motivated and talented employees who prioritise customer safety and satisfaction and adhere to European standards with diligence and transparency. The judging panel has no reservations in offering Air Senegal SA the 2018 Most Promising Regional Airline (West Africa) award.

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