Air Madagascar is an airline based in Antananarivo Madagascar and based on the Antananarivo airport.
The airline was established on 1 January 1962 as Madair. Flight operations, however, taken on 14 October of the same year already with the current name Air Madagascar. The founders of the airline were the madagassiche State and Air France. The operation of the airline flourished until the 1990s, a Boeing 747 was used.
After a crisis starting in 2000, the airline was founded in 2002 successfully restructured under the leadership of the Lufthansa subsidiary Lufthansa Consulting GmbH and returned to profitability. Main components of this restructuring were the debt is no longer operative society, a new fleet policy, and in 2004 a full rebranding, in which also a new corporate design and a new logo has been introduced.
In April 2011, the two were taken Boeing 767-300ER of Air Madagascar due to security flaws in the list of operating bans for the airspace of the European Union. Both machines were retired in the meantime.
The airline belongs to 89,56 % of the Malagasy state, 6.95% of the shares are in private hands and the Air France owns 3.48%.
Air Madagascar today serves numerous destinations in Madagascar and the Indian Ocean and Africa. Especially for the approaches of domestic destinations with poor airport infrastructure ( grass runways, easy navigation and landing aids ), the robust twin-engined Twin Otter of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer de Havilland used. Further operation of the national and regional network is done with the ATR and Boeing 737-300 fleet. In intercontinental traffic coming on routes to France and Thailand ( Île de la Réunion ), the two Airbus A340- 300's.
The national airline is also responsible for the maintenance and operations of the Präsidentialjets next to the scheduled operation of targets at home and abroad. Until the end of 2008, these were a Boeing 737-300, a machine that was with Lauda Air in the service previously and was then refitted with a VIP interior. The end of 2008 there should be a change and the now deposed Staatstpräsident Marc Ravalomanana was to fly in the future with a Boeing 737-700, which belongs to the next- generation series of this successful narrowbody aircraft from Seattle. The machine is characterized due to the larger tank through a greater range of what makes the unnecessary stops to refuel on longer flights in future. This plan was one of the reasons the government coup of 2009.
Air Madagascar has on the Antananarivo airport via a large maintenance division. Here maintenance, inspection and repair work of your own fleet as well as foreign works are carried out for third parties. Air Madagascar plane technology is certified to Part 145.
As of June 2013 the fleet of Air Madagascar consists of nine aircraft:
- 2 Airbus A340 -300 ( 1 operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic )
- 1 ATR 42-300
- 1 ATR 42-500
- 2 ATR 72-500
- 3 Boeing 737-300 (1 operated as a government aircraft )
- The stylized logo represents the endemic plant species in Madagascar Ravenala madascariensis ( Tree of passengers) dar. This applies a coat of arms tree of Madagascar.