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Help with Aircraft name: Mauritanian Airlines

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    Help with Aircraft name: Mauritanian Airlines

    Good day,

    I am busy painting the Mauritanian Airlines Boeing 737-800 5T-CLE, and I have been brought to a halt trying to figure out the name of the aircraft.

    The "English" name on the left-hand side of the aircraft is: "Aftout Essahili". If I translate directly into Arabic, it does not represent text that even remotely looks similar to what is painted on the right side of the fuselage. To be honest, I am not sure it is Arabic, I am guessing, as it is one of the languages spoken in Mauritania from my research. I have also tried Persian, which resulted in something similar as what is painted on the aircraft, but not exact.

    If anyone could either help with the translation or the actual words that are written on the right side of the nose, that would be appreciated immensely.

    Here is the highest resolution photo I could get of the Arabic name, but it is distorted too much to trace in good enough detail.

    Christopher Maclachlan
    My MSFS and P3D Content​

    Christopher I was intrigued as I have had similar issues in X Plane

    I had a quick search, am sure you have done the same. There is a water sanitation project to Nouakchott called Aftout Essahli which is Arabic I think is pronounced Es-sahli

    I wasn't sure though if the project is named after a person or place, a lot of info is in French which I read but it says nothing of the origin of the term

    The Mauritanian government website has something that looks like part of the character string but the left hand part is not the same

    If you then search google maps there are two "Aftouts", one in the desert and one on the coast

    The name of the latter looks like what you're looking for but your image of the aircraft is indistinct. So as not to get it wrong and potentially cause offence, I'd try to find a an arabic speaker, try the airline or a photographer - or do what the guy did who made the FAIB library and leave blank - would be easy to add to later

    Will send you a PM with what I found!

    Adrian Howe


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      BigMacDYU commented
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      Thanks for all the info. apparently, if it is referring to the Aftout at the coast, which in translation I get what looks like the correct text. many thanks once again for your help!

    No worries at all mate, be interested to see her when she's ready!
    Adrian Howe


    Great job mate!!
    Adrian Howe