Mauritania Airways

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Mauritania Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
YD MTW MAURITANIA AIRWAYS
Founded 2006
Commenced operations November 2007
Ceased operations December 2010
Hubs Nouakchott International Airport
Fleet size 3 (upon closure)
Destinations 12[citation needed]
Parent company Tunisair
Headquarters Nouakchott, Mauritania
Website fly-mauritaniaairways.com (defunct)

Mauritania Airways S.A. was an airline based in Nouakchott, Mauritania, operating out of Nouakchott International Airport.

History[edit]

The company was established in December 2006, but made its first flight only on 7 November 2007.[1] It replaced Air Mauritanie, the former national airline, which had suffered from prolonged financial difficulties and had been liquidated in October of the same year.[citation needed] Mauritania Airways was a joint venture between Mauritanian and Tunisian interests: Tunisair owned 51 percent, Mauritanian businessman Mohamed Ould Bouamatou owned 39 percent, and the Government of Mauritania owned the remaining 10 percent.[citation needed]

In November 2010, the airline was banned from European airspace by the European Commission, quoting "persisting deficiencies in its operations and maintenance",[2] thus losing the rights to continue its scheduled services to Paris-Orly Airport, France and Gran Canaria Airport, Spain. Subsequently, Mauritania Airways discontinued all flights and went out of service on 23 December 2010. Again, a new Mauritanian flag carrier was formed, this time called Mauritania Airlines International;[3] this airline was subsequently announced in the April 2012 European Commission press release (19th update) as having been added to the European list of banned air carriers.

Destinations[edit]

As of January 2010, Mauritania Airways offered scheduled flights to the following destinations:

Africa
Europe (flights were suspended following the EU ban)

Fleet[edit]

Upon its closure in December 2010, the Mauritania Airways fleet consisted of the following aircraft:[4]

Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Business/Economy)
Notes
ATR 42-300
1
48 (0/0/48)
Boeing 737-700
2
145 (0/12/133) leased from Tunisair
Total
3

Incidents[edit]

On 28 July 2010 at 01:30 local time, Mauritania Airways Flight 620 from Dakar, Senegal to Conakry, Guinea, which was operated using a Boeing 737-700 (registered TS-IEA), overran the runway upon landing in heavy rain at Conakry International Airport. Approximately 10 persons amongst the 91 passengers and 6 crew members on board suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities, even though the aircraft was substantially damaged.[5]

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