The Air Senegal Fleet In 2021

Air Senegal is the flag carrier for the West African country of Senegal. From its hub at Blaise Diagne…

The Air Senegal Fleet In 2021

Air Senegal is the flag carrier for the West African country of Senegal. From its hub at Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS), the carrier operates services to other cities in the region, as well as to Europe, and even across the Atlantic to Baltimore (with a stop at JFK). It manages to do all of this with a fleet of just nine aircraft. Let’s take a look at these nine planes in the Air Senegal fleet.

The A330-900 is Air Senegal’s newest aircraft, ordered brand new from Airbus. Photo: Airbus

Air Senegal’s fleet of eight (or nine)

Let’s first take a look at the composition of the airline’s small fleet as a whole, according to data from Planespotters.net. The aircraft types are listed below with quantities in parentheses:

  • ATR72-600 (2)
  • Airbus A319-100* (2)
  • Airbus A321-200 (2)
  • Airbus A330-900 (2)

*Data from ch-aviation.com notes that the airline is currently wet leasing a third Airbus A319-100 from Lithuanian operator GetJet. The aircraft began Air Senegal flights on August 20th. The length of the airline’s lease for this A319 is currently unknown.

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There are just two ATR72-600 turboprops in the Air Senegal fleet. Photo: Air Senegal

Small in numbers, big on diversity

The most striking thing about the Air Senegal fleet is its high diversity relative to its small size. The carrier has just eight aircraft (nine if you count the temporary wet lease) but operates three different types.

With such a small fleet yet diverse stable of aircraft, one could assume that maintenance costs could be high. Indeed, there might be some small inefficiencies present in day-to-day operations, but perhaps not as much as you would think.

For starters, the A319 and A321 belong to the same family and have a very high degree of commonality. More importantly, however, the airline has chosen to outsource its MRO needs to Air France-KLM’s MRO division: AFI KLM E&M. While the name isn’t particularly elegant, the letters stand for “Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance.”

According to a 2019 article by Aviation Pros, Air Senegal has chosen this European firm to handle its MRO needs via a long-term contract. This sees AFI KLM E&M handle A330neo component support as well as flight hour repairs, and access to the spares pool. The company also takes care of Air Senegal’s ATR72-600 and A319 fleet. While the A321s joined the fleet after the publishing of the Aviation Pros piece, it might be relatively safe to assume that AFI KLM E&M will also handle these jets.

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Air Senegal has an MOU for eight Airbus A220-300s. Photo: Airbus

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Airbus A220s coming soon?

It was back in November 2019 that Air Senegal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for eight Airbus A220-300s. At the time, Air Senegal CEO, Mr Ibrahima Kane, noted that the new aircraft would contribute to developing the carrier’s long-haul network to Europe and its 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,” he added.

Nearly two years have passed, and there has been relatively little news on this deal. If and when a deal moves forward, MoUs are typically followed up with the announcement of a ‘firming up’ of the contract. Unfortunately, we have yet to see this happen.

For the time being, we have to assume that the airline still intends on adding the A220 to its fleet. ch-aviation.com is doing the same, having eight A220s listed as “to be delivered.”

What do you think of Air Senegal’s small fleet of aircraft? Are you excited to see the Airbus A220 join in? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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Qantas Preparing To Skip Perth For UK Flights

Today, September 27th, the Qantas Group updated its flying schedule to fit with the reopening plans and latest…

Qantas Preparing To Skip Perth For UK Flights

Today, September 27th, the Qantas Group updated its flying schedule to fit with the reopening plans and latest border assumptions across much of Australia. Assuming vaccination thresholds are reached, this will see international flights gradually restart in late December. However, the airline’s flagship service to London will not be using Perth until at least April 2022. Let’s find out why.

Qantas deploys its Boeing 787-9s on the ultra-long-haul service. Photo: Qantas

Before the crisis, London-Perth was Qantas’ ultra-long-haul service connecting Australia with London. London-bound passengers from various Australian cities would be channeled to Perth on various flights, transit in the Western Australian city, and board a Boeing 787-9. Conversely, travelers from London would board a 787-9 at Heathrow bound for Perth to subsequently connect to the rest of the country.

Western Australia’s restrictions force rerouting

“Australia is expected to have reached National Cabinet’s ‘Phase C’ vaccination threshold of 80%” by late December, Qantas notes. This will be the magic number for the government to permit regularly scheduled international flights again. However, Qantas is emphasizing that it will temporarily reroute its flagship Perth-London service until at least April 2022 “due to the latest WA [Western Australia] border settings and assumptions.”

“At this stage, WA doesn’t intend to open to international travel until sometime next year, so we’ll, unfortunately, have to temporarily move our Perth-London service until at least April 2022.” -Alan Joyce

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Qantas is in “detailed discussions” with Darwin. Photo: GCMap.com

What will Qantas use instead of Perth?

According to Qantas, it is in detailed discussions with the NT (The Northern Territory) Government and Darwin Airport. These discussions will evaluate operating the direct London flight from Darwin during this time. Indeed, the airline goes on to say that it “has successfully used Darwin as a hub for its repatriation flights” to various destinations across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East over the past year.

“The discussions for what would be a daily Melbourne-Darwin-London service focus on the logistics of domestic and international transit under the current NT Government Plan for COVID-Management at Stage 3 of the National Plan.” -Qantas

Darwin is the primary choice for Qantas. However, if discussions fall through, then the airline says that it will instead fly the service through Singapore Changi (Melbourne-Singapore-London) instead, until at least April 2022.

A decision on the exact routing is likely to be made within the next two weeks.

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The move could be a hit to Perth Airport’s revenues but a win for Darwin if the deal goes through. Photo: Qantas

“We look forward to operating this flight via Perth again when circumstances allow,” CEO Alan Joyce affirms. Perth Airport was contacted by Simple Flying for a comment on the matter, but no response was received at the time of this article’s publication.

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Darwin vs. Singapore – Which is better?

As Executive Traveler points out, there are pros and cons to going with either Darwin or Singapore. Stopping in Singapore risks complications with COVID restrictions and requirements. Cutting out a third country reduces these potential complications. At the same time, however, Singapore Changi is a great airport to stop at, and has the infrastructure in place to serve premium travelers with the presence of a Qantas first class lounge and separate business class lounge.

Conversely, stopping in Darwin reduces restriction requirements to two countries. Choosing this airport would also foster good relations domestically as airport and user fees would continue to “stay local” and support the national economy. The major drawback for travelers is the lack of premium lounges, with just a single Qantas Club lounge located at the airport’s domestic section.

What do you think of this move? Would you prefer to transit in Darwin or Singapore? Let us know in the comments section.

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