Air Senegal and Uganda Airlines become 42e and 43e members of the Association of African Airlines

(Agence Ecofin) - Air Senegal and Uganda Airlines are now full members of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Their membership was formally recorded alongside the 179e executive committee meeting. "AFRAA welcomes the new members, who now number forty-three the number of airline members of the association. Which represents more than 85% of air traffic in Africa Wrote the African Airlines Association on its Twitter account.

To gain a foothold on the continent and beyond, newcomers from the African skies must benefit from the support of the various institutions that oversee the sector. It is precisely in this logic that their membership in the African Airlines Association is registered. " The missions of the association are to promote and protect African airlines, and defend the African aviation industry "Explains AFRAA. So many missions that should now benefit both airlines.

Born on the ashes of Senegal Airlines, which went bankrupt in April 2016, Air Senegal has timidly started its commercial operations the 30 April 2018 with two ATR72-600. Within a year, the company acquired three Airbus A319 and the first of two Airbus A330neo aircraft, with the second aircraft expected next month. The carrier currently serves Ziguinchor, Banjul, Bamako, Bissau, Conakry, Cotonou, Abidjan, Sal, Niamey, Ouagadougou and Paris. It plans to open soon, Lagos in Nigeria and Douala in Cameroon, and a transatlantic line to the United States.

Uganda Airlines will start its commercial operations 27 August 2019 with two CRJ900. His first routes will take him to Mombasa and Nairobi in Kenya, Dar Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Juba to South Sudan, Bujumbura to Burundi, and Mogadishu to Somalia. 18 years after the bankruptcy of the national airline, Uganda Airlines also aims to deploy on long-haul flights by next year. It ordered two Airbus A330-800neos to service this international segment.

Romuald Ngueyap

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