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African airline Air Senegal confirms order for eight Airbus A220s

Air Senegal has signed a contract to buy eight A220-300s from Airbus
Air Senegal has signed a contract to buy eight A220-300s from Airbus

By Staff Reporter

Air Senegal has confirmed it is to buy eight Airbus A220-300 aircraft, the wings of which are made by Bombardier in Belfast.

The African airline said the efficiency of the A220 would help cut operating costs.

Air Senegal chief executive Ibrahima Kane added: "These new 220 aircraft will contribute to develop our long-haul network to Europe and our regional network in Africa."

Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer said: "The number of A220s operation on the African continent is steadily growing and we are proud to add Senegal's new flag carrier in 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."

Around 1,000 out of 3,600 staff at Bombardier in Belfast work on the A220 wings. The A220 started as Bombardier's C Series before Airbus bought the programme.

Airbus said it was "the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft".

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