EASA has certified Assistance Aéroportuaire du Mali (ASAM) as an Approved Maintenance Organization, allowing the Mali company to offer line maintenance services for Boeing 737-300/400/500, Boeing 737NG-family and Airbus A320-family aircraft at Modibo Keita-Sénou International Airport in the West African nation's capital Bamako.
ASAM's Bamako station was certified as a Part 145-approved line maintenance site as a result of the Malian company’s partnership with AMC Aviation, a French company which already held EASA AMO certification.
The EASA certification allows ASAM to offer line maintenance and issue a Certificate of Release to Service for 737-family and A320-family aircraft registered in any member country of the European Union or registered with EASA.
ASAM is branding its line-maintenance services under the ASAM Technics name and is one of the first non-airline AMOs in West Africa, according to the company.
ASAM Technics completed its first line-maintenance job on December 13, on an Aigle Azur A320 due to operate 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,” says Dominique Dreuil, CEO of ASAM.
“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,” adds Dreuil.
ASAM, a Malian joint-venture company which resulted from a public/private partnership with the Europe Handling Group, has been responsible since 2007 for the development and support of ground-handling and airport freight services at Mali's main airports – at Bamako, Kayes, Mopti, Gao and Timbuktu.
Employing 500 people, ASAM assists more than 27,000 flights and handles 12,000 tons of cargo a year. In addition to its new EASA AMO certification, the company holds IATA ISAGO (IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations) certification.