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Emirates Group to Support Establishment of Senegal Airlines

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 The Emirates Group has signed an agreement with the Government of Senegal to support the start-up and post launch phases of Senegal Airlines. The agreement will also cover commercial support, technical expertise, training and aviation-related goods and services. The new airline is scheduled to begin operations in 2010.

His Excellency Karim Wade, Senior Minister, Ministry of International Cooperation, National Planning, Air Transport and Infrastructure, Senegal, said, “Senegal is strengthening its aviation industry and is building a new international airport called the Blaise Diagne Airport. The new, technologically-advanced airport combined with a brand-new, modern airline will make Senegal a major aviation force in Africa as well as internationally.”

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said, “Emirates has a strategic interest in Africa and currently operates to 17 points within the continent. The Senegalese government approached us to support the start-up of their new carrier and participate in its future, and we are delighted to add value to the aviation infrastructure of Senegal.”

“I am pleased to note the UAE and Senegal have been collaborating on many fronts. Recently DP World was awarded the concession to develop and operate the existing container terminal at Dakar, Terminal ŕ Conteneur, and invest in a new container terminal at the port, Port du Futur. In addition, the Jebel Ali Free Zone is developing a special economic free zone connected to Senegal’s Blaise Diagne Airport. I am confident these recent associations will strengthen the links our two countries share.”

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