Air Sénégal International

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Air Sénégal International
Air Senegal International logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1962
Ceased operations 24 April 2009
Hubs Dakar-Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport
Fleet size 5
Destinations 19
Company slogan You will love our Company[1]
Parent company Royal Air Maroc (51%)
Senegalese Government (49%)
Headquarters Dakar, Senegal
Key people Mohamed El Yaalaoui (General Manager)

Air Sénégal International was an airline with its head office in Dakar, Senegal.[2] It was a regional carrier operating a scheduled domestic network and regional flights to neighbouring countries. It also operated charter and air taxi flights. Its main base was Dakar-Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport.[3]

On April 24, 2009, the airline suspended all of its operations.[4]


The airline was established on 1 February 1971 as Air Sénégal and started operations on 23 February 2001. It was restructured as an international carrier following the acquisition of a majority stake by Royal Air Maroc in 2001. It was part of Groupe Royal Air Maroc, who owned 51% of the company's shares, with 49% being held by the Senegalese government.[5]

At one time the airline had its head office on the grounds of Dakar-Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Yoff, Senegal.[6]

In 2006 the airline disclosed losses of $16 million.[7] In 2007, the Senegalese government stated that effective 5 November 2006, it would purchase a further 26% of the airline, raising its stake to 75%.[7][8] The Senegalese government stated that support from Royal Air Maroc had "shown its limitations", and that the airline needed to be recapitalised.[8]

In late 2009, a new airline was announced to replace Air Sénégal International. The new airline is called Senegal Airlines with a fleet of 4 Airbus A320 aircraft and 2 Airbus A330 aircraft.[9] Operations commenced in early 2011.[10]


An Air Sénégal International Boeing 737-700 at Paris Orly Airport in 2007.

As of 2007, Air Sénégal International operated scheduled passenger flights to the following destinations:[11]



Air Sénégal International Boeing 737-700


At May 2007, Air Sénégal International had codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Air Sénégal International Dash8 300 at the BJL Airport

At March 2008, the Air Sénégal International fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[3][12]

Air Sénégal Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
Boeing 737-700 4 114 (12/102) Medium haul routes
Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 1 50 (0/50) Short haul
Total Number of Aircraft 5

Previously operated[edit]

At August 2006 the airline also operated:[13]


  1. ^ Air Senegal International website "Message by the Managing Director"
  2. ^ "Contacts." Air Sénégal International. 5 January 2007. Retrieved on 15 May 2010.
  3. ^ a b Air Sénégal International fleet details
  4. ^ Air Sénégal International suspends operations
  5. ^ "RAM infuses fresh capital into Air Senegal". Panapress. 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-05-25. RAM holds 51 percent of the shares of ASI, while the Senegalese government owns the remaining 49 percent. 
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines." Flight International. 12–18 March 2002. 63.
  7. ^ a b "Senegal retakes control of airline from Air Maroc". Reuters. 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  8. ^ a b "Senegal government takes major stake in its flag carrier". AFP. 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  9. ^ Senegal Airlines to use 6 Airbus aircraft
  10. ^ "Senegal Airlines to launch operations tomorrow". 24 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Air Sénégal International destination guide (cross-referenced for codeshare flights on
  12. ^ (in French) Air Sénégal International "Notre Fleet"
  13. ^ Flight International, 3–9 October 2006

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