Madagascar Airlines cuts ties with Embraer and suspends long-haul operations

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Madagascar Airlines has canceled its contract with Embraer for the new generation E190-E2 aircraft. The Antananarivo-based airline has also temporarily suspended its long-haul and regional operations until it finds a sustainable way to return to the international market.

Madagascar Airlines cancels Embraer deal for technical reasons.

Antananarivo-based airline Madagascar Airlines has announced the cancellation of its agreement with aircraft manufacturer Embraer for their new E190-E2s. The first delivery of these devices was expected for the end of 2022 but has been postponed several times, due to the adaptability of the device to the specific needs of the company. According to Thierry de Bailleul, general manager of Madagascar Airlines, uncertainty regarding the Pratt & Whitney engines, which power the E190-E2, also contributed to this decision. Despite revolutionary technology, these motors are considered fragile and have a high failure rate. The supply issues encountered have also led to significant disruption for several airlines, a problem the Malagasy carrier hopes to avoid.

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