The ECS Group, through its French subsidiary Aero Cargo, is to market freight capacity for new national airline – Air Senegal – across its entire global network from 1 February.
A newly created airline, Air Senegal began operating on a regional basis in 2018, with flights servicing Africa, later expanding to international. Air Senegal is aiming to become the leading West African player in air transport, via its hub at Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) outside Dakar.
The partnership between Air Senegal and ECS Group began from 1 February 2019, with long-haul flights from and to Dakar (DKR) and Paris (ORY) using the airline’s fleet of wide-body aircraft. The airline operates its flights with a brand new A330-NEO aircraft, which boasts a maximum cargo capacity of 16 tonnes.
Air Senegal also serves other destinations, including Ouagadougou (OUA), Banjul (BJL), Praia (RAI), Bissau (OXB), Conakry (CKY), Abidjan (ABJ), Bamako (BKO) and Cotonou (COO).
“Our network and our in-depth understanding of and experience in the African market were major – if not decisive – factors in Air Senegal’s decision to choose us as its GSA,” says Adrien Thominet, CEO of ECS Group.
With a global contract signed by the French subsidiary Aero Cargo, all ECS Group subsidiaries are now able to sell Air Senegal cargo capacity, contributing to the airline’s goal of achieving strong growth on the international market.
The contract with ECS is part of the carrier’s “development and its policy of expansion,” says Eric Iba Gueye, head of Network and Customer Experience at Air Senegal who adds that the airline “aims to become a key player on south-to-north and north-to-south routes.
“Meeting safety and security standards for transporting both goods and people is central to everything we do,” he adds.
The airline was created in 2016 to replace bankrupt carrier Senegal Airlines which was under liquidation. The new national airline is part of a large, 20-year horizon investment plan referred to as Plan Sénégal Émergent (PSE) initiated by Senegal’s President Macky Sall. The airline is headed by Philippe Bohn, a former VP of the Airbus Group.
Air Senegal currently operates a fleet of two ATR 72-600, two A319-100s (one additional on order) and one A330-900neo with one on order.