Madagascar Airlines, the small flag carrier of the African country, signed on Wednesday a leasing agreement to receive three E190-E2 jets belonging to the leasing company Azorra. The aircraft will be delivered between the beginning of 2023 and 2024, but without detailing delivery dates.
The announced version is the E190-E2, with intermediate capacity and can carry up to 114 passengers. However, Azorra only has an order for 20 E195-E2 jets, with up to 146 seats, which suggests that the US lessor will convert part of the orders to the smaller version.
The decision to rely on the E2 was anticipated by the country’s president, Andry Rajoelina, in October, when he also confirmed the arrival of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for long-haul flights.
Currently, Air Madagascar’s fleet consists of seven ATR turboprops, two former Boeing 737-300s and one Airbus A340-300.