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7JetSet7 Code: VBW
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
Employees 139
Telephone: +226 50 49 23 23
Fax: +226 5031 4517

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VBW-2005-01 - A319 TO PARIS
VBW-2005-07 - CELESTAIR A319A

Established in 1967. After the demise of Air Afrique (AFR), the state of Burkina which held 66% of the share capital, transferred 56% to IPS, controlled by the Aga Khan, in January 2001. Formerly Air Volta (1967 to 1985). Member of Celestair Alliance. Subsidiary of Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Scheduled, domestic, regional, & international, passenger, jet airplane services.

29 Avenue de la Nation
PO Box 1459
Ougadougou 01, 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.

September 2003: Subsidiary of (AKFED) - Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Formerly Air Volta (1967 - 1985).

F28-4000 (11173, XT-FDC), Jet Plan Aviation S.A.R.L. leased.

September 2004: 142 employees.

November 2004: A319-112 (588, F-OOUA), ex-Swiss (CSR), (TCI) leased, Air Ivoire (VUN) wet-leased.

January 2005: Ouagadougou to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) (A319, 4x-weekly) in "Celestair" titles.

August 2006: Worldspan announced finalization of multiyear full-content distribution agreements with Air Moldova (MOL), Aegean Airlines (CRM), AeroSvit Airlines (UKA), Air Burkina (VBW), Arkia Israel Airlines (ARK), Aurigny Air Services, dba (DBA), Eos Airlines (EOS), Transaero Airlines (TRX), and VLM Airlines.

May 2007: Burkina Faso has 2 international airports which are Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, handling respectively 216,000 and 17,000 passengers each year (excluding transit passengers).

Commercial freight carried represents roughly 7,000 tons for Ougadougou and 98 tons for Bobo-Dioulasso. Compared to other capitals in the region, the amount of freight handled in Ougadougou remains rather modest.

The market for aerial transportation is growing steadily and both the economical development and the economical integration (UEMOA) in the region are improving the exchanges of goods and persons.

Since the transfer of ownership of Air Burkina (VBW), which took place in February 21, 2001, the capital has been increased to 3.5 billion (FCFA).

September 2007: 1 MD-87, Meridiana (ALS) (AKFED) leased, ex-Iberia Airlines (IBE).

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 (Air 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.

June 2009: MD-83 (53464, XT-ABF), ex-Avianca (AVI), ex-(N161BS).

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.

May 2010: Canadair CRJ-200ER (7363, XT-ABJ - - SEE PHOTO - - "VBW-CRJ-200ER-2010-05), delivery.

December 2011: Air Burkina (VBW) as the national airline, operates scheduled regional jet airplane flights from Ougadougou to destinations in Bamako; Benin, Cotonou; Dakar; Lome; Mali; Niamey; Niger; Togo; Ivory Coast, & Ghana, plus flights to Paris. A domestic link is provided between Ougadougou and the count6ry's second city of Bobo-Dioulasso.

139 employees.

(IATA): 2J - 226. (ICAO): VBW (Callsign - BURKINA).

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Parent organization/shareholders: (IPS) (56%); & government of Burkina Faso (10%); & others (34%).

Main Base: Ougadougou airport (OUA). SITA: OUADGVH.

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Burkina Faso: Bobo-Dioulasso; & Ougadougou.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Bamako (Mali); Benin, Cotonou; Dakar; Lome; Niamey; (Niger); (Togo); (Ivory Coast), & (Ghana), plus flights to Paris (France).

June 2012: AirFrance (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.

October 2012: Ariella Airlines (based at Bobo Dioulasso airport (BOY)) has launched scheduled operations in Burkina Faso as a competitor to Air Burkina (VBW). It currently operates 3x-weekly services from Ouagadougou (OUA) via Bamako Sénou International (BKO) and Cotonou Cadjehoun (COO) to Pointe Noire (PNR) airport with iMD Airways ((IATA) Code: (IMD), based at Madrid Barajas airport (MAD)) MD-83 (49620, EC-LMY). Ariella plans to add several daily domestic services between Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso (BOY) as well as a weekly Ouagadougou to Lomé Tokoin (LFW) to Libreville Leon M'Ba (LBV) service by early November and to offer several weekly flights from Ouagadougou via Marseilles Provence (MRS) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) with a 737-800. It is unclear if it plans to operate a 737-800 itself or if the airplane will also be wet-leased from another operator. According to its website, Ariella also plans to use the single MD-87 (53207, EC-KSF) of partner iMD Airways going forward.

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 redelivery 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.

February 2014: Air Burkina (VBW) (CEO) Abderrahmane Berthé has called for the consolidation of all Celestair Group's carriers (which includes Air Mali (CMP) and Air Uganda (AUN)) to create a more economically viable and competitive entity. In a statement to "JeuneAfrique," Mr Berthé lamented the impact of high operating costs on his airline's finances as well as increased competition from foreign carriers such as Tunisair (TUN), Turkish Airlines (THY). "The current model, with several isolated national companies, does not work," he said. The (CEO) then advocated the consolidation of companies to achieve a fleet of at least 10 airplanes. However, analysts did point to the success of Air Uganda (AUN) which recently added a CRJ-200 to its fleet on the back of growing demand. The same, however, could not be said for its West African subsidiaries Air Burkina (VBW) and Air Mali (CMP), which, as a result of the recent socio-political unrest in the region, have seen demand and therefore revenue, drop significantly. Air Mali (CMP) has yet to resume scheduled flights after grounding all operations in December 2012 in the wake of the civil war there. The Celestair Group, which is controlled by the Aga Khan Fund for Development, divested itself from Air Côte d'Ivoire ((IATA) Code HF, Abidjan) (VRE) last year, when it sold its 15% stake in (VRE) to a consortium of local Ivorian investors.

December 2014: News Item A-1: Air Burkina (VBW) is set to add a maiden E170 (027, XT-ABS) to its fleet of 1 CRJ-200 and 2 MD-87s. Formerly (SP-LDD) with (LOT) Polish Airlines, it was recently seen at Warsaw Chopin undergoing a repaint before delivery to West Africa.

Despite recent unrest that culminated in a coup d'etat which toppled strongman Blaise Compaoré, Air Burkina (CBW)'s strategic partner, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), is confident the Burkinabe national carrier will recover in the short term.

Out of its Ouagadougou hub, it serves Bobo Dioulasso locally as well as Abidjan, Accra, Bamako, Cotonou, Dakar, Niamey, and Lomé regionally.

News Item A-2: All airlines from Libya have been added to the European Commission (EC)’s aviation safety list, also known as the "airline blacklist," subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union (EU).

The updated (EU) Air Safety List now includes Libya, but otherwise remains unchanged, with no countries removed from the list in this update.

(EU) Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc said: “Recent events in Libya have led to a situation whereby the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is no longer able to fulfill its international obligations with regard to the safety of the Libyan aviation sector. My priority in aviation is passenger safety, which is non-negotiable, and we stand ready to help the Libyan aviation sector as soon as the situation on the ground will allow for this.”

Bulc said she was pleased to see that “progress has been made in a number of countries whose carriers are on list, notably the Philippines, Sudan, Mozambique, and Zambia. Hopefully, this progress can lead to a positive decision in the future.”

The updated air safety list includes all airlines certified in 21 states, for a total of 308 airlines fully banned from (EU) skies: Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gabon (with the exception of three airlines that operate under restrictions and conditions), Indonesia (with the exception of five airlines), Kazakhstan (with the exception of one airline which operates under restrictions and conditions), Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Nepal, Philippines (with the exception of 2 airlines), Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sudan, and Zambia. The list also includes 2 individual airlines: Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname) and Meridian Airways ((CPB) (Ghana), for an overall total of 310 airlines.

The list also includes 10 airlines that may only operate into the (EU) using specific aircraft types. These are Air Astana (AKZ) (Kazakhstan), Afrijet (FRJ), Gabon Airlines and SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (KOY) (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Airlift International (AGH) (Ghana), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (IRN), TAAG Angolan Airlines (ANG) and Air Madagascar (MAD).

The (EU) air safety list covers airlines that are either considered to be unable to respect international aviation safety standards, or whose Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA)s are deemed unable to provide the necessary safety oversight as foreseen by international aviation safety rules. Some are banned outright from operating to the (EU), while others can only do so under very strict conditions. The list also serves as a tool to warn the traveling public, when traveling in other parts of the world.

The (EU) air safety committee, which draws up the list, consists of aviation safety experts from the Commission, each of the 28 member states of the Union, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

News Item A-3: Air Burkina (VBW) currently operates 4 airplanes, to 8 countries, 9 destinations on 13 routes and 11 daily flights.

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.

December 2018: E190-200AR (050, XT-), ex-(2-CYAS), Nordic Aviation Capital leased.

January 2018: Embraer E170-200ER (0316, XT-ABZ), ex-(JY-EMH) Nordic Aviation Capital leased.


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VBW-F 100 JUN07

May 2019:

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (2091-53464, /94 XT-ABF), FINAIRCRAFT LEASED 2009-06, EX-(AVI), EX-(N161BS). 146Y.

2 MD-87 (JT8D-217) (1714-49834, /90 XT-ABC; 1730-49837, /90 XT-ABD; 1739-49839, /90 XT-ABE), FINAIRCRAFT (ALS) LEASED 2008-09, EX-(IBE). 20C, 110Y.

1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (588, /96 F-OOUA), EX-(CSR), (TCI) LEASED, (VUN) WET-LEASED 2004-11, WITH "CELESTAIR" TITLES. 8C, 108Y.

2 CANADAIR CRJ-200ER (7363, XT-ABG - - SEE PHOTO - - "VBW-CRJ-200ER-2010-05; 7392, /00 TZ-RCA), EX-(N113MN) 2010-05. 50Y.

2 EMBRAER E170-200ER (027, XT-ABS; 0316*, XT-ABZ), EX-(SP-LDD) & (JY-EMH), EX-(LOT) 2014-12 & *NORDIC AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED 2018-01.


0 F28-2000 FELLOWSHIP (SPEY 555-15) (11108, /76 XT-TIB), RETIRED. 79Y.

1 F28-4000 FELLOWSHIP (SPEY 555-15P) (11173, /81 XT-FDC; 11185, /82 XT-FZP), 11173 ST AIRCRAFT AFRICA CONTRACTORS AS (ZS-PNJ) 2005-06. 8C, 65Y.

1 F 100 (TC-IEE - SEE PHOTO).

1 SAAB 340B (CT7-9B) (292, /92 ZS-PDR), NORSE AIR CHARTER WET-LEASED 2007-10. 36Y.













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