Malian airline leases a BAe 146

CAM BAe 146-300 EC-JVO

Orionair BAe 146-300 EC-JVO at Alicante on her delivery flight to CAM (Manuel Marin)

Spanish airline Orionair is leasing one of its two BAe 146s to Compagnie Aérienne du Mali (CAM). Formed in April 2005, CAM flies domestic services from Bamako to Kayes, Mopti, and Tombouctou, and regional services to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), and Conakry (Guinée), as well as a longer-range service to Paris. Series 300 EC-JVO (msn E3179) was ferried to Birmingham on 27 March, where she had the Malian airline’s titles and logo applied, then departed on delivery to Mali on 30 March, transiting via Madrid and Alicante. She will be the second 146 to operate in Mali, after a hiatus of almost 20 years. Mali’s government was among the first customers for the 146, taking delivery of series 100 TZ-ADT (msn E1009) in October 1983. She was used for VIP flights, as well as for scheduled services by the then national airline, Air Mali. Financial difficulties led to the 146 being returned to BAe in 1988.

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