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Name: MAURITANIA AIRLINES INTERNATIONAL
7JetSet7 Code: MAR
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: NOUAKCHOTT
Country: MAURITANIA
Employees 235
Web: mauritaniaairways.mr
Email: contact@mauritaniaais.mr
Telephone: +222 525 27 21
Fax: +222 525 6470
Sita: NKCDGYD
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MAR-NEWS

ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1962. FORMERLY AIR MAURITANIE, AIR MAURITANIA AND MAURITANIA AIRWAYS. SCHEDULED, DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 41
NOUAKCHOTT 174, MAURITANIA

MAURITANIA (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA) (AL-JUMHOURIYA AL-MUSLIMIYA AL-MAURITANIYA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1960 AND COVERS AN AREA OF 1,025,520 SQ KM. THE POPULATION IS 2.5 MILLION. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC AND THE CAPITAL CITY IS NOUAKCHOTT.

DECEMBER 2001: SITA: NKCDZMR.

TO PARIS BY 737-85F, EURALAIR (ERA) WET-LEASED.

OPERATES SERVICES FROM NOUAKCHOTT AND NOUADHIBOU WITH INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TO BAMAKO, DAKAR AND LAS PALMAS.

SHAREHOLDERS ARE MAURITANIAN GOVERNMENT 60%, AIR AFRIQUE (AFR) 20%, AND AIR FRANCE (AFA) 20%.

JANUARY 2002: 1 737-222 (19066), AIR MEDITERRANEE (AMV) WET-LEASED.

June 2002: 1 737-7Q8 (28210), ex-LAPA (LAZ), (ILF) 5 year leased for service to Paris and Dakar. 1 737-500, (AMV) wet-leased to replace 1 737-200 for operations to France. 2 A321-100's (535; 642), ex-Swissair (SWS), (ILF) 5 year leased.

March 2003: 1 order (February 2004) 737-7Q8, (ILF) 85 month leased.

July 2003: 260 employees.

October 2003: Nouakchott - Kayes (Mali) (weekly).

727-294 (22044) wet-leased from Safair (SFA). Will operate on behalf of the country's government and occasionally on its own passenger services. The ex-Comair (CML) airplane has been acquired by the state of Qatar on Mauritania's behalf, in a deal that was arranged by UK-based marketing company, Prime Aviation. Aircraft lessor (SFA) has incorporated the DuganAir Quiet Wing System Stage 3 hushkit, winglets, auxiliary fuel tanks and upgraded avionics to comply with European navigation regulations. The airplane features a two-class first (F)/Economy (Y) interior equipped with liquid-crystal-display (LCD) video and audio entertainment systems.

February 2004: 737-7Q8 (30037, 5T-CLM, (ILF) 10 year lease-purchase.

April 2005: Air Mauritanie (MAR) is the national carrier of Mauritania, operating domestic and regional services.

235 employees.

(IATA) Code: MR - 174. (ICAO) Code: MRT.

Parent organization/shareholders: Mauritanian government (11%); Bollore, Elf Oil, & Mauritanian Bank.

Alliances: Royal Air Maroc (RAM).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Nema; Nouadhibou; Nouakchott; & Selibaby.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Bamako; Brazzaville; Casablanca; Cotonou; Dakar; Las Palmas; Lome; & Paris.

March 2006: The European Union (EU) banned 92 airlines, most of them based in Africa, from landing at European airports, declaring them unsafe by international standards.

The ban applies to cargo and passenger carriers from Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Liberia judged to have an "inadequate system for regulatory oversight" or insufficient safety standards. It will be enforced by all 25 (EU) nations, plus Norway and Switzerland.

The high number of listed Congolese airlines was partly due to years of civil war, after which old military planes, many manufactured in the former Soviet Union, were converted for civilian and cargo use.

Only one airline from the Congo, Hewa Bora Airways (EXD), is allowed to use one approved plane for its flights to the (EU), while another African airline, Air Mauritania (MAR), was given a grace period of a couple of months to meet (EU) safety norms.

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) criticized the European Union (EU)'s publication of a list of airlines banned from operating to the (EU) "as damaging the African airlines business." According to (AFRAA), the blacklist "paints a negative picture of all scheduled flights from the continent." In a statement, (AFRAA) Secretary General Christian Kossi said that "no scheduled African airline member of (IATA) or (AFRAA) is included in the blacklist," yet it "sends the wrong message to the average European passenger that all African airlines are potentially dangerous, and it is safer to travel with European airlines." In effect, this amounts to an act of "misinformation and unfair competition," he stated. Kossi also said none of the banned airlines flies to (EU) nations and the bulk of them "exist only on paper and nobody knows them."

June 2006: The European Commission (EC) said it has added four airlines to its blacklist of airlines considered to be unsafe, nearly all of which are banned from (EU) skies. The commission (EC) added that airlines based in Mauritania need not be subject to a ban on operations.

February 2007: INCDT: An Air Mauritania (MAR) 737 was hijacked en route from Nouakchott to Nouadhibou. The armed hijacker reportedly demanded passage to France, but the airplane flew to Las Palmas, where he was arrested, according to press reports. Spanish officials said there were 71 passengers and eight crew (FC)/(CA) on board. The passengers escaped harm in Las Palmas thanks to a quick-thinking pilot (FC) who braked hard then accelerated quickly on landing, knocking the hijacker down and giving flight attendants (CA) time to throw boiling water on his face. Passengers then helped subdue him, Spanish officials told the Associated Press. The armed hijacker reportedly demanded to be flown to France, where he hoped to seek political asylum. But he did not speak French, allowing the pilot (FC) to share his plans over the public address system.

October 2007: Air Mauritanie (MAR), which ceased operations last month, has been liquidated owing to its inability to pay off $2.7 million in debt, related to airplanes leased from (ILFC) (ILF). Two 737-700s are grounded in France, while one F28 and one 727 have been stored at Nouakchott, leaving Mauritania without a national carrier for the time being. A new airline called Mauritania Airways (MAR) is scheduled to start operating November 8. That company will be owned 51% by Tunisair (TUN), 39% by Groupe Boumatou, and 10% by the Mauritanian government. No details have been released regarding its airplanes or network.

March 2008: A320-211 (402, TS-IMH) - see photo, operates for new flag carrier "Mauritania Airways" (MAR). Will also lease an ATR 42-300 from SevenAir (TUI).

April 2008: ATR 42-300 (245, TS-LBA), SevenAir (TUI) leased.

April 2009: Mauritania Airways (MAR) is a subsidiary of TunisAir (TUN).

(IATA) Code: YD - 425.

(ICAO) Code: MTW (Callsign - MAURITANIA AIRWAYS).

Main base: Nouakchott airport.

May 2009: 737-7L9 (28014, TS-IEA), Tunis Air (TUN) leased.

June 2009: 737-7L9 (28015, TS-IEB), Tunis Air (TUN) leased.

November 2009: Worldwide Flight Services won contracts from Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Air Caraibes (GUP), Air Mali (MLI), Air Burkina and Mauritania Airways (MAR) for full ground handling at Paris Orly airport.

December 2010: Mauritania Airlines International (MAR) has been formed by the Mauritanian government to succeed the former Mauritania Airways, which was majority owned by Tunisair (TUN).

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz recently said to the nation that Mauritania Airlines International would begin local and international flights before the end of the year.

The former Mauritania Airways flew mostly within Africa, serving Cotonou (Benin), Praia (Cape Verde), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Banjul (Gambia), Bamako (Mali), Niamey (Niger), Brazzaville (Republic of Congo), Dakar and Ziguinchor (Senegal), and Tunis (Tunisia). It also flew directly from Nouakchott to Paris Orly and Las Palmas in Europe.

The new airline will be unable to resume any European services due to the European Union (EU) ban imposed on all Mauritania carriers in November. However, the Mauritanian government has recently signed an airline co-operation deal with Air Algerie (ALG), which could possibly route European services through the North African country.

The new airline has leased 2 former (CSA) Czech Airlines 737-55Ss (28470, 5T-CLA, 28471, 5T-CLB) for launching operations this month. After a few months it is also expected to add a former Air Senegal International (SNG) 737-7EE (34263, 5T-CLC) to expand the fleet.

October 2011: 737-7L9 (28015, TS-IEB) returned to Tunis Air (TUN).

May 2013: Mauritania Airlines International (MAR) inaugurated 3x-weekly services on the route from Nouakchott (NKC) to Gran Canaria (LPA) on May 8, marking the end of a 3-year ban from the European skies. 2x-weekly frequencies are operated via Nouadhibou (NDB), Mauritania’s 2nd largest city located on the Atlantic coast near the country’s border, to Western Sahara. Mauritania Airlines International (MAR) operates the service using 737-500s in competition with Iberia (IBE)’s 2x-weekly departures. (MAR) is considering further expansion in Europe, with France being the most likely next country market it enters.

October 2013: Mauritania Airlines (MAR) signed a 5-year integrated services contract with Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) firm Sabena Technics (SAB). Under the terms, (MAR) will outsource maintenance support and spare parts to (SAB) for its fleet of 737 fleet until 2018. Sabena Technics (SAB) will provide (MAR) with unlimited pool access to 737 components, repair and overhaul, engineering, maintenance and dedicated main base kit anywhere in the world.

December 2013: Mauritania Airlines (MAR) has signed an agreement with (APG) to provide full sales and marketing services as well as customer support, ticketing and administrative facilities. (MAR) will start flying to Paris December 15. (MAR) will operate 3x-weekly flights from Nouakchott to Paris Charles de Gaulle. (MAR) operates a fleet of 2 737-500s and 1 737-700.

April 2014: The European Commission (EC) has updated its aviation safety list, also known as the airline blacklist, removing all airlines from Swaziland. Removal from the list means those carriers are allowed to operate to the European Union (EU).

Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas said: “When countries do what it takes to ensure the safety of their aviation industry, it is important that the (EU) recognizes these efforts. The proof is the aviation safety progress we are witnessing in Africa. Swaziland is now the 2nd country, after Mauritania, to be removed from the (EU) safety list. Promising progress was also noted in Zambia, Mozambique, Sudan, and Libya, as well as in the Philippines and Kazakhstan.” The (EC) said it hoped “the continuation of this progress could lead to positive decisions in the future.”

Libya, however, has said it will maintain its voluntary restrictions not to fly to the (EU), applied since the Libyan revolution.

This 23rd revision of the list replaces the revision adopted in December 2013, and includes 296 airlines from 22 states, as well as 10 airlines that are subject to operational restrictions and allowed to operate into the (EU) only under strict conditions.

July 2014: ERJ-145LR (0852, 5T-), ex-(N852EC), (ECC) Leasing leased.

July 2015: The Nigerian government on July 10 said it has no plan to ban Liberian airlines from coming into the country, following a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the West African nation.

A fresh case of Ebola was detected in Liberia, nearly 2 months after the West African country was declared free of the virus by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Liberian authorities are monitoring at least 100 people thought to have been in contact with a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, who died on June 28 in Margibi County, Liberia.

Spokesperson for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Fan Ndubuoke said in Lagos, the country's commercial hub, that both inbound and outbound passengers were being screened for the virus by Port Health Officials.

He told reporters that the Ebola Prevention and Control was a collaborative effort by relevant agencies, saying adequate facilities were in place at the Port Health Office, where inbound and outbound passengers were adequately screened.

According to him, rather than banning the airlines, the various agencies have intensified necessary preventive measures at all the international airports in the country.

He assured the public and intending passengers that all government agencies were on their guard not to allow any passenger who refused to be screened into the country.

He added that the authority would not hesitate to sanction any airline that violated the mandatory screening at its various check points.

August 2016: West Africa-based Mauritania Airlines (MAR) has finalized an order for 1 Boeing 737-800NG, valued at $96 million at current list prices. “The Boeing 737 is the backbone of (MAR)'s fleet because of its efficiency and superior operating economics,” (MAR) (CEO) Mohamed Radhy Bennahi said. “The addition of this new 737-800 will greatly expand our network and enhance the overall travel experience of our passengers.”

“Mauritania Airlines has been an important player in West African aviation for several years,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP Sales, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Van Rex Gallard said.

Based in Mauritania’s capital city Nouakchott, at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport, Mauritania Airlines (MAR) was founded in 2010 and serves >10 destinations across Africa and Europe.

(MAR), the Mauritanian flag carrier operates a fleet that includes 1 Boeing 737-700NG and 2 737-500s.




Note: MAURITANIA AIRLINES INTERNATIONAL (MAR) was listed on the (EU) blacklist released 03/04/2012 of airlines whose operations were subject to a ban within the (EU).* *Airlines listed in Annex A could have been permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased airplanes of an air carrier which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.

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October 2017:

0 727-294 (JT8D HK) (156-22044, /81 ZS-OBM), EX-(CML), (SFA) MODS, 2003-10. WFU IN STORAGE 2005-03. GOVT OPS.

0 737-222 (JT8D) (69-19066, /68 F-GCSL), EX-(UAL), (AMV) LSD 2001-12, RTND 2002-06.

0 737-500 (CFM56-3), (AMV) WET-LSD 2002-06. RTND.

2 737-55S (CFM56-3C1) (2849-28469, /97 5T-CLA; 2861-28470, /97 5T-CLB), EX-(CSA) 2010-12. EX-(OK-CGH & OK-CGJ). 108Y.

1 737-7EE (CFM56-7B) (1739-34263, 5T-CLC), EX-(N426HZ).

0 737-7L9 (CFM56-7B) (766-28014, TS-IEA, 2009-05; 785-28015, TS-IEB, 2009-06), (TUN) LSD. 28015; RTND 2011-10.

0 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B24) (22-28210, /98 5T-CLK; 1449-30037, 02/04 5T-CLM), EX-(LAZ), (ILF) 5 YR LSD. RTND. 12F, 118Y.

1 ORDER 737-

0 737-85F (CFM56-7B), (ERA) WET-LSD 2001-12. RTND.

0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (402, /94 TS-IMH - SEE PHOTO), EX-(F-WWBN), (TUN) WET-LSD 2008-03. RTND. 35C, 102Y.

0 A321-100 (535; 642), EX-(SWS), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2002-06. RTND.

0 ATR 42-300 (245, TS-LBA), (TUI) LSD 2008-04. RTND.

0 F28-4000 (SPEY 555-15P) (11093, /75 5T-CLG; 11138, /78 5T-CLH), 79Y.

1 BEECH KING AIR A90 (PT6A-20) (LJ-206, /67 F-GHDP), AERO STOCK LSD, 9Y.

1 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR (0852, 5T-), EX-(N852EC), (ECC) LEASING LSD 2014-07.

1 PIPER CHEYENNE II (PT6A-28) (31T-7920056, /79 5T-TJY), 5Y.

Management:
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MOHAMED RADHY BENNAHI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

SIDI MOHAMED OULD BIYA ZEIN, DIRECTOR GENERAL.

MOHAMED TALEB, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL (T: (222) 5-253702).
(FAX: (222) 5-253815).

AMADOU ABDOULAYE, CHIEF MAINTENANCE.

MAMOUDOU BA, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

EL HAFED FALL, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR.

MOHAMED ABDI, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

 
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