Madagascar Airlines obtains its AOC and OL

Madagascar Airlines has said it has obtained its own air operator's certificate (AOC) and operating license (OL) from the Malagasy civil aviation authority.

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Following a five-phase regulatory process launched nearly a year ago, Madagascar Airlines will now operate as a fully-fledged carrier.

Madagascar Airlines' new chief executive officer Thierry de Bailleul told Newsmada the airline is expecting the arrival of its first E190-E2 before June 26.

He said: "We are also studying a certain number of solutions to start long-haul operations independently this year, with our own aircraft. In the new business plan, we will have to find the management model so as to have both reasonable fares but at the same times high enough to cover our costs.”

Chief of flight operations, Mahery Andriamamonjy, said Madagascar Airlines is currently using six ATR - Avions de Transport Régionals leased from Tsaradia for domestic flights.

The airline said it expects to resume long-haul flights to Asia and introduce ten new destinations in the coming years.