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CMP-VISIT MALI - 2010-01
Formed in 2005 and started operations in 2007. Formerly Compagnie Aerienne du Mali. Member of the Group Celestair. Subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
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Mali (Republic of Mali), was established in 1960, it covers an area of 1,240, 192 sq km, its population is 11 million, its capital city is Bamako, and its official languages are Bambara, and French.
April 2005: Compagnie Aerienne du Mali (CMP) was formed as a joint venture between the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) (51%) and the Government of Mali to succeed the former state owned airline.
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 2x-daily flights to Nairobi in Kenya; 4x-weekly flights to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and 3x-weekly flights to Juba in Sudan.
(AUN) will start with 1 DC-9, add an MD-87 in March, and take a 2nd MD-87 in May. (AUN) will be (AKFED)'s 3rd African carrier. It already owns 76% of Air Burkina (VBW), and 51% of Compagnie Aerienne du Mali (CMP). (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 1st 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 (Air Mali) (CMP) to dramatically expand its regional operations with 4x-weekly to Dakar, 3x- to Conakry, 2x- to Abidjan, 3x- to Ougadougou, 2x- to Lome, and 2x- to Cotonou, with plans to offer 2x-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.
December 2007: MD-87 (TZ-RMA - see photo), ex-Iberia Airlines (IBE), following refurbishment by Meridiana (ALS). The airplane will be used to connect Bamako with Abidjan, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, and Lome.
January 2009: 2008 had 122,000 passengers.
Employees = 170.
May 2009: "Compagnie Aerienne du Mali" was renamed "Air Mali" (CMP) on May 15th to reflect its status as the country's national air carrier - - SEE ATTACHED - - "CMP-AIR MALI-2009-05."
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November 2009: Worldwide Flight Services won contracts from Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Air Caraibes (GUP), Air Mali (CMP), Air Burkina (VBW) and Mauritania Airways (MAR) for full ground handling at Paris Orly airport.
June 2012: Air France (AFA) has signed code share agreements with Air Burkina (VBW), the flag carrier of Burkina Faso, covering operations on the Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Ouagadougou (OUA) airport route and with Air Mali (CMP) between (CDG) and Bamako (BKO) airports. (AFA) is allocating (VBW) and (CMP) a quota of seats on these daily flights.
(VBW) and (CMP), plus Air Uganda (AUN) are members of the regional Celestair group of airlines supported by the Aga Khan Network for Economic Development.
(AFA) said this code share agreement “represents the 1st step in the new commercial cooperation between these airlines.” The agreement should shortly be extended to other routes in West and Central Africa and in Europe.
(VBW) (CEO), Sergio Rosa said the new partnership between the carriers will allow (VBW) to “better contribute to traffic developments, via Burkina, between France and West and Central Africa, and subsequently to other destinations in Europe.”
(VBW) operates to 10 cities in West and Central Africa from its (OUA) airport hub using MD-87 and Bombardier CRJ200 airplanes.
(CMP) was established in May 2005 in a bid to open up the country. (CMP) operates a fleet of MD-87s, Bombardier CRJ200s and Beech19 airplanes serving 15 cities in West and Central Africa from its (BKO) and (OUA) hubs.
(AFA) operates a daily, A330 service between (CDG) and (BKO), and between (CDG) and (OUA).
Further reinforcing its presence on the African continent, (AFA) this month also inaugurated a daily nonstop flight between (CDG) and the Nigerian capital, Abuja (ABV). The (ABV) services will continue to/from Port Harcourt. (ABV) also operates daily nonstop flights between (CDG) and Lagos.
August 2012: Air Mali (CMP) has been forced to make major cuts to its network following the outbreak of a civil war in the country earlier this year. It has parked its 3 MD-87s (49832, TZ-RMA;), 49841, TZ-RMK; and 49842, TZ-RMC), now just operating its only CRJ-200 (7392, TZ-RCA) according to the "aeroTELEGRAPH." (CMP) has given up its routes to Brazzaville Maya Maya (BZV), Cotonou Cadjehoun (COO), Dakar Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International (DKR), Kayes Dag Dag (KYS), Libreville Leon M'Ba (LBV), Monrovia Roberts (ROB), Mopti Sevare (MZI), Nouakchott (NKC), Pointe Noire (PNR) and Tombouctou (TOM) airports. It now just serves Abidjan Felix Houphouet Boigny (ABJ), Accra Kotoka (ACC), Conakry G'bessia International (CKY) airports several times weekly. Thanks to a code share agreement with partner, Air Burkina (VBW), it also still offers flights from Bamako to Dakar and Ouagadougou (OUA) airports.
Air Uganda (AUN) plans to retire its remaining 2 MD-87s (49837, 5X-UGB; 49840, 5X-UGA) later this year concentrating on its regional operations with 2 CRJ-200s. (AUN) currently serves Bujumbura (BJM), Dar-es-Salaam (DAR), Juba (JUB), Kigali Kanombe (KGL), Mombasa Moi International (MBA) and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) airports from Entebbe/Kampala with the MD-87s just used on the Juba route according to its schedules. This would leave Air Burkina (VBW) as its only sister carrier still operating 2 MD-87s, after Air Mali (CMP) had already retired its MD-80 fleet earlier this year.
November 2012: Air Mali (CMP) operates domestic, regional and international jet airplane services within Africa and to Paris from Bamako.
Employees = 170.
(IATA) Code: I5 - 261. (ICAO) Code: CMM.
Parent organization/shareholders: Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) (51%); the Agora Mali company (21.66%); government of Mali (20%); and private Malian investors (7.34%).
Alliances: Aigle Azur (AZU); and Air Burkina (VBW).
Main base: Bamako-Senou International Airport (BKO).
Destinations: Abidjan; Accra; Bamako; Brazzaville; Conakry; Cotonou; Dakar; Douala; Kayes; Libreville; Lome; Mopti; Niamey; Ougadougou; Paris Orly; Pointe Noire (flights operated by Air Burkina (VBW)) & Tombouctou.
Bamako to Paris Orly is 3x-weekly.
December 2012: Air Mali (CMP) was expected to suspend its remaining limited operations with its single CRJ-200 (7392, TZ-RCA) on December 24. (CMP) currently still serves both Abidjan Felix Houphouet Boigny (ABJ) and Accra Kotoka (ACC) several times weekly from Bamako. (CMP) had already been forced to cut all of its other routes and to return its 3 MD-87s to Italy earlier this year after the civil war in the country had started.
April 2013: Air Mali (IATA) Code: I5, based at Bamako Sénou International airport (BKO)) (CMP) has resumed CRJ-200 operations on behalf of sister carrier Air Burkina ((IATA) Code: 2J, based at Ouagadougou airport (OUA)) (VBW), following the the recent re-delivery of its CRJ-200 (7392, TZ-RCA). Air Mali (CMP) already has reactivated its MD-87 (49832, TZ-RMA) which also operates on behalf of Air Burkina (VBW). The Bombardier CRJ200 had been kept in storage in France since Air Mali (CMP) ceased all operations in January this year following the recent instability in the west African nation. While the situation in Mali is slowly returning to normal, (CMP) has not publicly announced when it itself will resume full flights.
September 2013: France has the upper hand militarily in Mali following a July 13 agreement between Herve Ladsous, United Nations (UN) Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, and General Didier Castres, Deputy Chief of Operations for the French military. The agreement stipulates that French troops can conduct combat operations at will in the African nation.
The French deployment called Operation Serval and a (UN) force are in Mali to stabilize the government and provide security after Tuareg and Islamist militants seized the northern part of the country last year. 2 rounds of presidential elections have been held, the most recent on August 11.
The agreement also establishes that if the 6,200 soldiers of the (UN)'s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (Minusma) are threatened and need assistance, French troops will respond. They will use any weapon, including air strikes, and can call up additional troops, whether from Chad, Cote d'Ivoire or France. In addition, French troops will provide Minusma with logistical support.
The need for the agreement became apparent when Minusma deployed in April, leading to a situation where 2 international forces were operating in one country.
According to intelligence analyst Stratfor, “with this agreement, the (UN) is circumventing its own mandate and rules of engagement by allowing the French to conduct combat operations without [adhering] to the same limitations and constraints of African forces. This unconventional approach likely stems from the fact that the peacekeepers are facing a more complex militant threat than in most operations, compelling them to employ the French to project firepower that (UN) forces cannot [under their mandate].”
France has withdrawn some of the 4,000 troops it deployed to Mali at the height of Operation Serval in February but is maintaining troop strength at 3,200 until all parties accept results from the presidential elections. (UN) forces are responsible for security during stabilization. However, only half of the 11,200 troops that could be deployed, are in the country.
Stratfor estimates that “at this level, the troops are capable of continuing to secure population centers.” Moreover, attacks by militants in the cities or against security forces throughout the country have not occurred in recent months, the analyst notes, even though tensions between the Malian military and northern Mali's Arab and Tuareg populations pose security threats and jihadists retain an offensive capability.
Since its establishment, Minusma has been implementing its mandate in terms of political offices, electoral support, human rights and support for the restoration of state authority. On July 1, Minusma attained initial operational capability (IOC). Sector headquarters, in Gao and Timbuktu, should soon be operational, with all headquarters staff built up over the next 2 months.
Ladsous stated in June that Minusma was suffering from capability shortfalls including medium utility helicopters, armed helicopters, intelligence, information operations and special forces. “We count on the continued support of both our traditional and new troop-contributing countries to help fill these critical gaps,” he said.
Providing logistical support to Minusma troops in northern Mali presents “formidable challenges,” Ladsous said, given the harsh desert climate, the state of infrastructure and the vast area. “We must be realistic and understand that not all of these capabilities will be immediately available.”
Ameerah Haq (UN) Undersecretary General for Field Support said the immediate priority is Minusma's (IOC). Efforts are focused on providing rations to troops, fuel for vehicles and premises for work and living. “Minusma is one of the most logistically challenging missions the (UN) has launched,” she said.
With no functioning power grid in Gao, generators are necessary. Mobile communication systems cannot be deployed to Kidal because sensitive components would melt, she explains. “Information and communication technology, vehicles and refrigeration would be exposed to climatic conditions that expedite their decay.”
Military helicopters provide most air transport since large airplanes cannot use airfields in northern Mali. Most roads, in fact, are little more than sand.
Haq says security is also a challenge because, despite an agreement with the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, there are armed groups sworn to attack (UN) forces.