Senegal Airlines became the newest Bombardier Q400 NextGen operator, when the carrier started its service on 23 October with one of two aircraft of the type Senegal Airlines is leasing from Falcon. Falcon ordered the two in February 2014.
Senegal has joined more than 50 customers and operators of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft worldwide, and has become the 16th member of the family in Africa. Senegal Airlines is a partnership between the Senegalese government and the national private sector. The company started its activities on 25 January 2011 and is currently serving 13 countries in Africa.
About 160 Bombardier’s Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops and CRJ regional jets – including more than 50 Q400 and Q400 NextGen turboprops – are in service, or on order, in Africa; by about 40 customers/operators.
Bombardier’s customer support network for commercial aircraft in Africa includes a Regional Support Office (RSO) and spare parts depot, co-located in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as Authorized Service Facilities in South Africa and Ethiopia. A transitional Bombardier manufacturing facility, which produces aircraft structures including flight controls for the CRJ Series aircraft is located in Nouaceur in the Greater Casablanca region in Morocco. Construction of a new, permanent 150,000 square-foot (13,935 square-metre) Bombardier facility in Nouaceur began in September 2013.