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Mali’s ASAM Wins EASA AMO Certification

Company now able to offer line maintenance on Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft.

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.

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