Madagascar Airlines to Receive Former Congo Airways E190-E2
Formerly intended for Congo Airways, the E190-E2 aircraft is now set to join Madagascar Airlines, signifying a significant step in the airline’s expansion plans. This aircraft, with serial number 19020016, had an interesting journey, having initially been associated with Chinese carrier Fuzhou Airlines and later destined for Congo Airways.
Embraer’s E2 family has already made an impact in Africa, with Nigeria’s Air Peace being an existing operator. Madagascar Airlines will soon enjoy the benefits of the E2’s exceptional performance and fuel efficiency, joining the league of carriers benefiting from this advanced aircraft.
In 2021, Congo Airways revised its order from two E175 jets to the larger E190-E2 model. Later, it exercised an option to purchase two E195-E2 aircraft. Unfortunately, Embraer removed Congo Airways’ orders from its backlog in the second quarter of the same year, leaving the aircraft without a home.
Thankfully, Madagascar Airlines emerged as the new operator, incorporating the E190-E2 into its fleet as part of its expansion plans. The Malagasy government revealed that the aircraft belongs to US leasing company Azorra Aviation.
Although the aircraft experienced some delays in its delivery to Madagascar Airlines, it returned to Brazilian skies in June, possibly undergoing preparations for the transfer. The acquisition of these E190-E2s plays a vital role in Madagascar Airlines’ growth strategy, which includes expanding its domestic and international network, introducing new routes, and improving overall operational efficiency.