|Bamako (Mali) receives European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification as an approved site for line maintenance|
BAMAKO, Mali, December 20, 2017/ — ASAM S.A. (www.ASAM-mali.com), the Airport Assistance Company of Mali, today announced its certification as an Approved Maintenance Organization with the ability to offer line maintenance services in West Africa for Boeing 737 (300/400/500 – 600/700/ 800) and Airbus A320 (A318 to A321) aircrafts at the Modibo Keita-Sénou international airport in Bamako, Mali.
Thanks to a partnership with AMC Aviation, a French company which has been approved as a maintenance organisation by the European Aviation Safety Agency, the Bamako (Mali) station was approved and added to the list of line maintenance sites with Part 145 approval: FR.145.0674 – Regulation (EU) 1321/2014, on the 12th of December 2017.
This certification allows ASAM S.A., under the ASAM Technics label, to perform maintenance on airplanes and issue a Certificate of Release to Service (CRS) for an aircraft registered in any member country of the European Union or registered with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which makes ASAM S.A. one of the first Approved Maintenance Organizations of this kind (non-airline) in West Africa.
The first maintenance was completed by ASAM Technics’ technicians on December 13, 2017 on an Aigle Azur A 320 from Bamako to Paris/Orly.
“African companies are in a constant and urgent search for cost saving solutions, particularly in terms of aeronautical maintenance and Mali’s strong geo-strategic location allows it to deliver aeronautical services to the entire sub-region” said Dominique Dreuil, the Chief Executive Officer of ASAM S.A. “A new terminal has just been completed at the Bamako airport and the establishment of a rigorous environment with international standards will only further increase the attractiveness of this hub”, he added.
According to the ICF International 2015 Market Study; 17% of maintenance expenses of African companies are spent on line maintenance. And while the air transport market is expanding in Africa, margins remain among the lowest in the world making it ever more important to focus on reducing costs. According to a recent IATA report, margins will go down from 3.4% to 0.6% between 2017 and 2018.
ASAM Technics is now equipped with modern facilities, all the necessary tools and has met the stringent standards required to deliver line maintenance services at the Bamako airport.
Since 2007, ASAM S.A. (www.ASAM-mali.com), a Malian joint-venture company, the result of a public / private partnership with the Europe Handling Group(http://APO.af/pLS4c9), has been responsible for the development and support of ground handling and airport freight services at Mali’s main airports (Bamako, Kayes, Mopti, Gao and Timbuktu).
With its 500 employees, ASAM S.A. assists more than 27,000 flights and 12,000 tons of cargo each year, in compliance with the international standards of IATA and ICAO.
ASAM has been ISAGO (IATA’s Safety Audit for Ground Operations) certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This certification confirms that the operational standards and recommended practices in terms of airport assistance at the international level are applied in Bamako.
ASAM S.A is the first airport assistance company in West Africa to have been validated RA3 authorizing and securing exports to Europe and beyond, in compliance with the regulations of the European Union.