A Manchester-based startup airline, Sentra Airways, will try to conquer the skies starting with their first flights to West Africa.  

The new airline announced plans to launch long-haul flights between Manchester and Accra, Ghana by the end of 2022. After the launch to West Africa, the airline also has plans to expand its long-haul network to the United States. 

Sentra Airways will begin operations with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft from US-based lessor Air Lease Corporation (ALC) in April 2022. The new aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in summer 2022.  

“ALC is pleased to announce this lease placement for one A330-200 with Sentra Airways,” said Lauren Kervick, assistant Vice President of Marketing of Air Lease Corporation. “Sentra has an exciting growth and business plan operating from the UK to West Africa, and we look forward to growing our relationship over the coming years.” 

The airline still needs to obtain its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. It initially planned to launch operations in September 2021, according to their previous social media posts. 

Sentra Airways is the latest long-haul startup airline in the UK, following flypop, and Hans Airways.