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BFR-BURKINA FASO FACTS
Formed in 2003 and started operations in 2004. Scheduled, international passenger, jet airplane services.
Avenue du Dr Kwame N'Krumah
Immeuble O.BOU. F1
Ougadougou, Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso (People's Democratic Republic of Burkina Faso), was established in 1960, covers an area of 274,200 square km, has a population of 10.5 million, and its capital is Ougadougou. Its official language is French.
June 2005: Burkina Airlines (BFR) operates jet airplane services between Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Ougadougou using an Eagle Air (EGZ) A310-304 (504, F-GEMO) wet-leased.
(IATA) Code: 3B. (ICAO) Code: BFR (Callsign - BURKLINES).
International, scheduled destination: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG).
October 2007: Italy's Meridiana (ALS) is planning to launch a new Ugandan carrier next month with the help of its parent, international development agency: the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Air Uganda (AUN) will be based in Entebbe and will initially operate two daily flights to Nairobi in Kenya; four weekly flights to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and three weekly flights to Juba in Sudan.
(AUN) will start with 1 DC-9, add an MD-87 in March, and take a second MD-87 in May. (AUN) will be (AKFED)'s third African carrier. It already owns 76% of Air Burkina (VBW), and 51% of Compagnie Aerienne du Mali. (AKFED) is also trying to acquire a stake in Air Ivoire (VUN) and is bidding with Meridiana (ALS), which is 80% controlled by companies belonging to (AKFED) Chairman, Aga Khan, for a 40% stake in Rwandair-Express (RWA).
(AKFED) recently acquired 7 MD-87s, ex-Iberia Airlines (IBE) to support its African projects. The first MD-87 was placed into service by Ougadougou-based Air Burkina (VBW) in September and 2 MD-87s will be deployed with Compagnie Aerienne du Mali to dramatically expand its regional operations with four flights per week to Dakar, three to Conakry, two to Abidjan, three to Ougadougou, two to Lome, and two to Cotonou, with plans to offer twice weekly flights to Brazzaville in Congo, and Libreville in Gabon, via Cotonou in Benin.
(AKFED) also wants to become involved in airport management, including taking stakes in airports and pursuing airport management contracts. Meridiana (ALS) VP Business Development for (AKFED), Rene Decurey, said "We would like to get involved where it is crucial to managing quality. We would like to build a strong network, and a strong position in airports. There are options we would like, but one needs the other side as well. They need to be willing to open up and it is not easy at these airports.