Assistance Aéroportuaire du Mali (ASAM S.A.) to provide line maintenance services for Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircrafts in West Africa

Bamako (Mali) receives European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification as an approved site for line maintenance

AudioAge – Bamako, Mali – 20 December 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.

About ASAM S.A.
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.

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ASAM S.A
Mobile : (+ 223) 70 32 79 71
Mail : D.Dreuil@ASAM-mali.com

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Overland Airways Successfully Undergoes IATA Safety Audit

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p             Joins World-Class Airlines On IOSA Registry

p             IOSA Further Endorsement On Overland Airways Safety Culture

 

 AudioAge – LAGOS,  Nigeria – 11 July 2016 – Overland Airways has successfully completed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and has been listed on the IOSA Registry. This is a further endorsement of Overland Airways’ 14-year history of outstanding safety performance.

According to IATA, “The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline,” stating that “in terms of global standards, the IOSA is a proven tool for raising safety.”

The IOSA registration is a mark of international operational safety standard developed by IATA to support the efforts of big and small airlines globally to improve their operational safety, which has so far tremendously enhanced safety performance among airlines globally. With continually improved safety standards, Overland Airways has equally become a notable partner in economic development in several of Nigeria’s hinterland and hub economies.

According to Capt. Edward Boyo, CEO of Overland Airways, the IOSA audit is a pronouncement of the outstanding business model, excellent personnel, safety culture at Overland Airways, and protection of our investment.

“The IOSA audit further endorses Overland Airways as a world-class airline and creates increased accessibility to partnerships with global and regional airlines. It also further motivates Overland Airways to deliver excellent operational, economic and all-round service standards and efficiencies.

Overland Airways has sustained a custom of impeccable safety and outstanding economic performance and sustainability which to-date makes it the only airline in Nigeria older than 7 years that is not taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) for reason of debt overhang. The impressive culture of service excellence painstakingly developed over the years makes Overland Airways the most consistent, longest-serving airline providing uninterrupted service in Nigeria over the past 14 years.

According to Mrs. Aanu Benson, the Chief Operating Officer of Overland Airways:  “Overland Airways continues to show readiness to support national and regional economic development with excellent safety and economic performance at all times. Overland Airways has taken this remarkable step to push forward our commitment to service Nigeria’s hinterland and hub economies, and to also support our vision of providing safe, comfortable and reliable air connectivity to empower individuals, small and large businesses as well as local economies in Nigeria and the sub-region.”

“IOSA is now the constant reminder of our dedication and commitment to service our customers with continually improved excellence in safety, comfort and reliable service.”

Overland Airways has successfully opened remote airports and hinterland cities in Nigeria, and on several instances has been the first-ever airline to fly to several remote destinations in Nigeria including Asaba, Jalingo, Dutse, Katsina and Minna. Overland Airways has thus become an unmatched partner in economic empowerment in Nigeria’s fast growing economy, strategically deepening economic development in tourism, agribusiness and other small and medium scale industries, etc., and is also expanding its cargo services to more destinations including Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Ilorin and Akure, and soon Jalingo.

 

NOTE FOR EDITORS

p    Overland Airways is an airline company registered to operate charter and scheduled passenger and cargo flights. The airline commenced operations in 2002 with the aim of increasing the prosperity of the Nigerian hinterland by facilitating the transportation of business men, investors, government officials and indigenes from one point to another, and till date is the pride of Nigeria in the airline industry.

 

p    Overland Airways operates scheduled domestic flight services within Nigeria called “Business Flyer” and has succeeded in bringing air transportation to more hinterland areas of Nigeria. Its routes include Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Ilorin, Akure, Dutse, Minna, Bauchi, Asaba and Jalingo.

 

p    The airline operates a fleet of modern equipment and facilities to provide high standard of service. Overland Airways has a fleet of 9 modern aircraft composed of ATR-42s, ATR-72s and Beechcraft 1900Ds.

 

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Web: www.overlandairways.com

5 Tricks to Get Cheap Flights in this Current Economic Condition

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AudioAge – LAGOS,  Nigeria – 06 July 2016 – Most budding travellers have shelved their plans for leisure or business trips because of the current economic situation in Nigeria which has seen a significant rise in airfares both on local and international routes. The fact is there are some who cannot do without flying due to their work.  So, whether you are arranging for a future trip or planning for a last-minute getaway, you can take advantage of these booking tricks to help get cheap flights. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shows you don’t have to break the bank before you travel.

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Don’t buy round-trip tickets if you can

To reduce stress, travellers prefer to buy round-trip tickets from the same airline rather than purchasing it from different airlines. But, if you are travelling on a budget and factoring in the increase in flight cost, you should buy your round-trip tickets from separate airlines. The rule of thumb should be to search for the cheapest flight both ways.

Bargain your hotel stay

Travel agencies also offer auxiliary services like hotel, and airport pickups. The cost of these services, if you want them, will be added to your bill. The next time you are booking your flights alongside a hotel, you should not hesitate to negotiate your hotels. This simple negotiation can help you save cash.

Delete your browser’s cookies

For travellers who book their flights online, they should always delete their browser’s history. This is because booking websites deploy browser cookies that watch the shopping pattern visitors. As a result, you notice that the price may increase whenever you refresh the page. To stop this indiscriminate hike, you should clear your cookies and browse in private mode.

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Mobile device can influence search results

The mobile phone you use can influence your search results by offering you costlier options. Whether you are using android, Blackberry or Apple phones, you should always filter your search results by price. This will give you the best search results. You can call your booking agency to buy your ticket (s).

Avoid buying tickets in bulk

Tickets bought in bulk can be expensive. You can purchase the ones you need now. The smart way to avoid buying it in bulk is to check the difference between bulk and individual tickets.

5 things to check before booking a local flight in Nigeria

AudioAge – Lagos,  Nigeria – 01 March 2016 – Booking a local flight in Nigeria is as easy as going online and registering on an airline’s website. With the plethora of airlines and travel agencies available online, the process seems easy and seamless, however, there are certain difficulties unassuming travelers are bound to face if they do not double-check certain details before hitting the “book your flight” button. From arriving late to the airport, missing their flight and feeling cheated when they realize they missed a promo, these challenges can be disheartening.

Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site, therefore, reveals the 5 things to check before booking a flight in Nigeria.

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The location of the airport

While most states in Nigeria have just one airport, it is important to know where exactly the airport is located within the state, that way you know if going to your location by air is the best option.

Sometimes, the airport might be miles away from where you are going to within the state and you would have to embark on another journey from the airport to your destination; wasting time and money. For instance, If you are heading to Okada in Edo state from Lagos state, it might be a better either to go by road, as going by air, you would be landing in Benin City and will have to embark on a long drive (minimum 1 hours) from the airport to Okada.

Ensure you check and find out exactly where you will be flying into, and how you can get from there to where you will be staying.

Available flights and Ticket prices

Not all airlines go to every destination within the country, and different local airlines have different fares for even the same destination. It is important to always check prices on some price comparison websites before you book anything.

All you need to do is simply put in your departure airport, and it will suggest different flight combinations and the best prices for them. With the endless search engines available and constantly fluctuating prices, the approach to frugal flight booking can overwhelming, so, these comparison sites do not only save you the stress of doing the comparison yourself,  it provides you with options that may not even have been aware of.

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The best time or day to fly out

Most times the particular day fixed for the trip, may not be the best day to actually make the trip. There are periods when you may have to reschedule or switch choices between departure times for a flight.

Checking out schedules rather than exact flights can be life-saving. A weekday flight will certainly be cheaper than weekend flight. Also, a 6am flight might look great, considering it is always the cheapest flight of the day, but check other factors out before booking: how feasible is the journey to the airport at that time? Can you make it in time without missing your flight? Will you have access to certain amenities on getting to the airport at that time?

If for instance heading out to the airport that early will rule out changes of public transport and you have to pay a large sum for private arrangements, the cheap flight might end up costing you more after all.

Promos

Local airlines run promos from time to time. These promos might require inputting a certain code for a slash in the ticket price or following certain procedures for a full fee waive. Sometimes, these promos might not be properly advertised and the traveler would be unaware of it, even while booking online via their website. Ensure you look out for possible promos.

Use Google and check the airline’s social media pages before booking. If possible, call their customers services and make inquiries to know what kind of promos or offers they have for you. This may seem over the top, but it is actually an important step to take before booking a flight. Booking a flight at standard rates and finding out later that co-passengers got theirs cheaper can cause a lot of disappointment and possibly ruin your entire trip.

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Lodging and connecting flight info

Some local flights actually require connecting flights. For instance, if you are going to Yola on some airlines, you would have to stop at the Abuja terminal and take a connecting flight. Also some flights to Gombe require stops at various locations.

It is important you verify these stops before you book the flight, to avoid any future confusions or challenges. Also, find the best possible location for lodging in the area and book your first night accommodation. The Jovago App is very helpful with searching for best hotels. Ensure you have your first night booked and the address written down before you go ahead and book the flight, this saves you a lot of hassles.

5 things to check before booking a local flight in Nigeria

AudioAge – Lagos,  Nigeria – 24 February 2016 – Booking a local flight in Nigeria is as easy as going online and registering on an airline’s website. With the plethora of airlines and travel agencies available online, the process seems easy and seamless, however, there are certain difficulties unassuming travelers are bound to face if they do not double-check certain details before hitting the “book your flight” button. From arriving late to the airport, missing their flight and feeling cheated when they realize they missed a promo, these challenges can be disheartening.

Jovago.com, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking site, therefore, reveals the 5 things to check before booking a flight in Nigeria.

african-american business woman sitting in lobby, looking at tablet, two business women talking in background

The location of the airport

While most states in Nigeria have just one airport, it is important to know where exactly the airport is located within the state, that way you know if going to your location by air is the best option.

Sometimes, the airport might be miles away from where you are going to within the state and you would have to embark on another journey from the airport to your destination; wasting time and money. For instance, If you are heading to Okada in Edo state from Lagos state, it might be a better either to go by road, as going by air, you would be landing in Benin City and will have to embark on a long drive (minimum 1 hours) from the airport to Okada.

Ensure you check and find out exactly where you will be flying into, and how you can get from there to where you will be staying.

Available flights and Ticket prices

Not all airlines go to every destination within the country, and different local airlines have different fares for even the same destination. It is important to always check prices on some price comparison websites before you book anything.

All you need to do is simply put in your departure airport, and it will suggest different flight combinations and the best prices for them. With the endless search engines available and constantly fluctuating prices, the approach to frugal flight booking can overwhelming, so, these comparison sites do not only save you the stress of doing the comparison yourself,  it provides you with options that may not even have been aware of.

flight-booking_2719596b

The best time or day to fly out

Most times the particular day fixed for the trip, may not be the best day to actually make the trip. There are periods when you may have to reschedule or switch choices between departure times for a flight.

Checking out schedules rather than exact flights can be life-saving. A weekday flight will certainly be cheaper than weekend flight. Also, a 6am flight might look great, considering it is always the cheapest flight of the day, but check other factors out before booking: how feasible is the journey to the airport at that time? Can you make it in time without missing your flight? Will you have access to certain amenities on getting to the airport at that time?

If for instance heading out to the airport that early will rule out changes of public transport and you have to pay a large sum for private arrangements, the cheap flight might end up costing you more after all.

Promos

Local airlines run promos from time to time. These promos might require inputting a certain code for a slash in the ticket price or following certain procedures for a full fee waive. Sometimes, these promos might not be properly advertised and the traveler would be unaware of it, even while booking online via their website. Ensure you look out for possible promos.

Use Google and check the airline’s social media pages before booking. If possible, call their customers services and make inquiries to know what kind of promos or offers they have for you. This may seem over the top, but it is actually an important step to take before booking a flight. Booking a flight at standard rates and finding out later that co-passengers got theirs cheaper can cause a lot of disappointment and possibly ruin your entire trip.

travel-booking

Lodging and connecting flight info

Some local flights actually require connecting flights. For instance, if you are going to Yola on some airlines, you would have to stop at the Abuja terminal and take a connecting flight. Also some flights to Gombe require stops at various locations.

It is important you verify these stops before you book the flight, to avoid any future confusions or challenges. Also, find the best possible location for lodging in the area and book your first night accommodation. The Jovago App is very helpful with searching for best hotels. Ensure you have your first night booked and the address written down before you go ahead and book the flight, this saves you a lot of hassles.