Air France and SN Air Mali have signed a commercial code-share agreement between Paris and Bamako which states that, as from 1st June 2012, Air France will provide SN Air Mali with a quota of seats on its daily flights between its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Bamako.
This agreement is in addition to the code-share agreement announced last week between Air France and Air Burkina, a member airline of the Celestair group.
This code-share agreement is a first step in the new commercial cooperation agreement decided between the two airlines. In the near future, the agreement should be extended to other routes in West and Central Africa as well as France and Europe.
Abderahmane Berthe, Chairman of SN Air Mali, declared: “This partnership is a great opportunity for SN Air Mali as it will strengthen our Hub in Bamako as well as our network, giving our customers the possibility of travelling to France and the rest of Europe on the Air France network. This code-share agreement reflects our desire to expand air transport to France for the benefit of our customers”.
Dominique Patry, SVP for International Affairs and Alliances at Air France, declared: “This partnership agreement is another example of Air France’s strategy in Africa, which aims to work with local partners, in a view to establishing long-term cooperation”.
Air France operates a daily flight to Bamako from its hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, by Airbus A330. Together with KLM and its partners, Air France offers a network of 52 destinations in Africa in summer 2012, from the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Air France operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and the rest of the world.
SN Air Mali, the national airline of Mali, was set up in May 2005 in an aim to open up the country. The airline operates a fleet of MD87, CRJ 200 Bombardier and Beech19 on its network. Together with Air Burkina (a member airline of the CELESTAIR Group), SN Air Mali operates regular services to 15 cities in West and Central Africa on departure from its hubs in Bamako and Ouagadougou.