MANCHESTER, UK — The British long-haul start-up Sentra Airways has officially submitted an application for an operating license to the nation's aviation authority. 

The company plans to launch routes to West Africa, initially connecting Manchester to Accra, Ghana, and has agreed to purchase an Airbus A330-200 from US-based Air Lease. Sentra aims to prevent passenger exploitation by shortening travel times between the two cities.

The start-up has applied for a type 'A' operating license with the UK Civil Aviation Authority, which is necessary for operating aircraft with 20 or more seats. Sentra has also submitted applications for both charter and scheduled route licenses.

Sentra's objective is to provide services connecting the UK and West Africa. The aspiring airline says that establishing Sentra was an evident solution for many travelers. The company plans to expand its services from the UK and the USA to Africa.

While Manchester is set to be Sentra's operational hub, the company is headquartered in Bradford. The first identified aircraft, MSN1138, is a Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered airframe initially delivered to China's Sichuan Airlines in 2010.