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Air Madagascar to Strengthen Fleet with Boeing 787 and Embraer Jet

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The national airline of the African island state will strengthen its fleet according to President Andry Rajoelina speaking at a conference last week. He had already announced an additional aircraft for the airline in August.

Air Madagascar, to be called Madagascar Airlines in the future, will “soon” have an Embraer jet to operate domestic and regional flights in addition to the wide-bodied Boeing 787 Dreamliner for its long-haul operations.

“We have already closed a partnership. The company’s fleet will be reinforced by an Embraer, which will arrive soon,” the head of state said during a conference last week.

Details about the agreements to take delivery of the new aircraft, however, have not been released by the government so far.

However, according to the local press, the aircraft would have a capacity for “150 passengers”, which is far above what the E190-E2 can carry (114 seats), being closer to the E195-E2 variant (up to 146 seats).

Due to the promised arrival of the jet to Madagascar, it is believed that it will be a leasing agreement.

Earlier this year, Embraer took the E190-E2 on a tour of African countries and made a demonstration flight from Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Additionally, Air Madagascar will receive a Boeing 787 for long-haul flights, the head of state said.

The small Air Madagascar currently owns one Airbus A340, one Boeing 737, one ATR 42, and six ATR 72 according to planespotters.net.

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