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Madagascar Airlines signs for three Embraer E2, Appoints CEO

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Madagascar Airlines will take off with three Embraer E190-E2, the first batch of which is expected in early next year and the other two in 2024.

This was announced during a ceremony with Andry Rajoelina, President of the island nation of Madagascar on 7th December.

Wednesday’s ceremony was organized to formalize the contract signed with the leasing company Azorra for three Embraer E190-E2.

This acquisition of the Brazilian single-aisle had been mentioned last March by Madagascar Airlines, during the visit to the big island of Embraer and its E190-E2 between Antananarivo and Antsiranana.

They will operate on domestic routes, replacing ATR turboprops, but will also allow the airline to fly internationally to destinations such as Dubai.

Their configuration has not been disclosed,  however, the aircraft can accommodate up to 150 passengers and fly for 7 hours, and will join a fleet of six ATR 72s (four -500s and two -600s).

Azorra signed an agreement last January with Embraer to acquire 20 new E2 family aircraft, along with 30 other purchase rights. At list price, the order was valued at $3.9 billion.

Meanwhile, the Malagasy national company based at Antananarivo-Ivato airport also presented its new CEO, Thierry de Bailleul,

He replaces Ny Riana Rasolonjatovo in this position, appointed last February and “left for other destinations,” with the mission of straightening Madagascar Airlines and making it a “Phoenix of the Indian Ocean (…) a mythical bird of a extreme longevity, and having an extraordinary power to be reborn from its ashes ”.

Thierry Bailleuil was at Air France-KLM until 2013, when he joined Emirates Airlines where he served until 2019 as General Manager for France. Then in May 2020, he became Vice President of Sales for Europe at Qatar Airways.

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