Senegal Airlines (DN) has, since earlier in the year, replaced an ATR72-200, (MCN 460 | ZS-XCB), wet-leased from Solenta Aviation, with a CRJ-100, (MCN 7338 | ZS-CRJ), wet-leased from fellow South African operator, Lanseria-based CemAir.
|Cemair's CRJ100 in Ziguinchor in April |
The Regional Jet is used to service the airline's sole domestic route to Ziguinchor and regional West African routes.
The Senegalese national carrier had also leased, until recently, a Mauritania Airlines International (L6) 737-500 (MSN 28469 | 5T-CLA) over the last two months to replace one of its three A320-200s, (MCN 879 | 6V-AII), currently stored in Dakar awaiting maintenance. It is understood that the Airbus cannot be returned owing to the terms of its lease with GECAS.
A prior attempt to lease a McDonnell Douglas MD83 from an undisclosed operator was reportedly rebuffed by the Senegalese civil aviation authority (l'Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie - ANACIM) who claimed the aircraft to be "too old" (32 years old) and consequently did not issue it an airworthiness certificate.