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Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:01 am
by eielef
Last night, I read an announcement of this small African airline:
Mauritiania Airlines adds Conakry – Abidjan sector from Nov 2019
Mauritania Airlines starting next month is adding Conakry – Abidjan sector, as the airline extends existing Nouakchott – Dakar – Conakry service to Abidjan. From 03NOV19, Embraer E175 aircraft operates this route twice weekly.
L6148 NKC1000 – 1055DSS1140 – 1300CKY1340 – 1530ABJ E75 37
L6149 ABJ1610 – 1800CKY1840 – 2000DSS2040 – 2135NKC E75 37

Separately, the airline’s 2 weekly Nouakchott – Dakar – Bamako – Cotonou – Libreville service will be operated by Boeing 737-700 instead of -800, effective 10NOV19.


I've been arranging the last published schedule for L6, that was valid for this summer.
It consists of 54 weekly flights covering a large number of western and northern African nations.
But, the most interesting fact, is that they only use three aircraft of the 7 they have.

MOST flights use E175, which have two registrations: either 5T-CLO or 5T-CLL
L6010 NKC-NDB-OUZ, L6011 OUZ-NDB-NKC 135
L6104 NKC-DSS-CKY, L6105 CKY-DSS-NKC 3
L6110 NKC-NDB-LPA, L6111 LPA-NDB-NKC 247
L6112 NKC-DSS-BKO-ABJ, L6113 ABJ-BKO-DSS-NKC 126
L6114 NKC-CMN, L6115 CMN-NKC x247
L6118 NKC-CMN, L6119 LPA-NDB-CMN 247
L6120 NKC-LPA, L6121 LPA-NKC 5
L6128 NKC-DSS-CKY-FNA, L6129 FNA-CKY-DSS-NKC 57
Soon, a new flight is starting:
L6148 NKC-DSS-CKY-ABJ, L6149 ABJ-CKY-DSS-NKC 37

Some flights use a single B738, registered as 5T-CLE
L6116 NKC-TUN, L6117 TUN-NKC 36
L6142 NKC-BKO-COO-LBV-PNR-BZV, L6143 BZV-LBV-COO-BKO-NKC 125
L6146 NKC-DSS-ABJ-COO-LBV-BZV, L6147 BZV-LBV-COO-ABJ-DSS-NKC 47

So, the single 738 performs 6 flights, consisting of 21 segments. This means: 4+27+20, or 51 take offs and landings a week. This is an insane amount, IMHO. It means 7,3 cycles a day.
The E175s perform 16 flights, consisting of 31 segments. This means: 12+4+12+18+8+9+2+12 = 77, meaning 38,5 flights per aircraft per week. This averages 5,5 flights per day per aircraft. But with the new flights (6 segments) there will be 12 more cycles: 89/2 = 44,5 flights per aircraft per week.

Apparently, soon L6146/7 will be operated by B73G leaving the 5T-CLE a bit more space for maintenance for instance. This is important, because, for instance, L6146 departed NKC at 07:00 and returned as L6147 at 02:20 the following day. Both flights are 19h20 long. So this is important, as distances are long and it includes 10 take-off and landings! I believe more than one crew does this flight.

But the fleet has other aircraft of unknown status.
First, there is a B737-MAX8 (registered 5T-CLJ). It has been grounded for some months, following the international directives.
There is another B737-700, registered 5T-CLC, of unknown status.
There is a third Embraer, E145, registered 5T-CLD. Also, the status is unknown. I'd have thought it was used for domestic routes (OUZ and NBD but it is not the case).
Later, there are two B735 (registered 5T-CLA and 5T-CLB). The first one has been stored for over one year, while the second, there is no information again.
So: my question is: where are the B735 5T-CLB, the B73G 5T-CLC, and the E145 5T-CLD?

Last photo I could find of the B735 5T-CLB was in 2016, in BRU, available here: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Maurita ... 5S/4167515
Last photo of the B73G 5T-CLC was in 2015, in LPA available here: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Maurita ... EE/4136479
Last photo of the E145 5T-CLD was in 2018, also in LPA: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Maurita ... LR/5290087

Also: last photo of 5T-CLA (a B735) was this one: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Maurita ... 5S/2430759 (CDG, 2014). When did Mauritania Airlines ceased its flights to France?
The last photo of the B737-MAX8 (5T-CLJ) is this one: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Maurita ... AX/5329333 (LPA, nov 2018).

So I open this thread to discuss the news of Mauritania Airlines!
Cheers,
Eielef @MOW

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:04 am
by BlatantEcho
Hi Eielef-

This is good information, thank you. I was trying to fly DSS-NKC-DSS, and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work. It sounds like they are flying a more circular routing, so the back and forth is not an option.

I hope to fly Mauritania airlines sometime next year on one of these sectors as I explore West Africa. Hopefully I get to try them with the Max too! New type, new country. That would be fun!

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:17 pm
by AF022
Their route network is just crazy. Five weekly flights NKC-BZV with 4 intermediate stops? I would bet they are just targeting 5th-freedom traffic. Their fares are very low. I can't imagine they are making any money.

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:18 pm
by AF022
https://www.mauritaniaairlines.mr/image ... vfinal.pdf

found this, but might be out of date.

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:35 am
by eielef
AF022 wrote:
https://www.mauritaniaairlines.mr/images/vols/programme_ete_2019_vfinal.pdf

found this, but might be out of date.

I used that chart, plus some info from FR24.


AF022 wrote:
Their route network is just crazy. Five weekly flights NKC-BZV with 4 intermediate stops? I would bet they are just targeting 5th-freedom traffic. Their fares are very low. I can't imagine they are making any money.

Sure, 5th freedom is very common in W. Africa. But fares are not low. A return ticket from NKC to BZV is close to 800EUR. Is still a lot of money. A return ticket to Nouadhibou starts from 110EUR (is a 40 min flight, operated on a Boeing E75)
I wonder how high their load factor rates are...

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:39 am
by dredgy
Flew them NKC to CMN a couple of years ago when they were still new (MAX had been delivered the day I flew them I think). Would fly again.

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:19 am
by tapairbus370
Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing all this information.

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:40 pm
by AF022
I meant their 5th-freedom flights. I think their fares are very low between BKO, COO, LBV, PNR and BZV.

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:51 pm
by peterinlisbon
Here's a map of their route network:
https://www.flightsfrom.com/NKC
https://www.flightsfrom.com/L6

It's interesting how you could do a sort of tour of western Africa with their stopping services. Very old school.

Re: Mauritania Airways Fleet?

Posted: Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:25 pm
by AF022
I would be interested to learn how often flight 143 makes it back to NKC on time. Look at this schedule!

NKC 0700 0840 BKO 0920 1120 COO 1200 1330 LBV 1410 1520 PNR 1600 1650 BZV 1740 1900 LBV 1940 2110 COO 2150 2350 BKO 0040 0220 NKC

Nine landings with 40-minute stops at every station except the last stop at BKO, which is 50-minutes.