Monday, February 25, 2013

■ COTE D'IVOIRE: Air Cote d'Ivoire signs up for ADSoftware's AirPack suite.

Air Cote d'IvoireIvorian carrier Air Cote d'Ivoire (HF) has signed a deal with French aviation software firm ADSoftware for the use of its AirPack Fleet Management System and Logistics Solutions system.

Air Cote d'Ivoire A320
Air Cote d'Ivoire A320 (Flox Papa)
According to ADSoftware, the contract was sealed in February 2013 with Air Cote d’Ivoire becoming the latest customer to join the AirPack community and the 13th Africa-based operator to implement the system. 

Air Cote d’Ivoire will utilise four of the six AirPack modules with focus on fleet management and logistics in accordance with the RCI (Ivory Coast Aviation Authorities regulations) and EASA airworthiness standards. The airline’s staff currently stands at 150 people including 25 pilots and 37 hostesses and stewards. Under the training programme, initially, ten technicians are to be trained in CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) and aircraft asset management.  

Following the completion of pre-implementation work, the on-site implementation phase of the project will begin. The testing phase will come last and will require users to compare their test results to expected outcomes.  

The new airline is helping Air France to increase its own presence in the region by creating a regional hub feeding its daily Paris service. In fact, Air Côte d’Ivoire has already launched eight non-stop routes from its budding hub in the former Ivorian capital, and has become the largest operator at the airport both in terms of weekly seat capacity and frequencies in just three months of operations. The airline has technical, commercial and operational agreements with Air Mali and Air Burkina, two other airlines associated with the AKFED owned, Celestair group, who also use ADSoftware.

ADSoftware has clients in Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali, Botswana, Mauritania and Sudan.