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Air Madagascar

Air Madagascar Photo, Madagascar, Africa

Air Madagascar is the national and only carrier within Madagascar.

They operate a small fleet comprising mainly older aircraft that includes a 747-200, a 767-300, several 737s of 200 series and at least one of 300 series. Smaller DHC-6 Twin Otters and ATR-42s make up the rest.

Despite the reservations one might have about the age of the aircraft, Air Madagascar enjoys an excellent safety record.

In flight service is basic, but the staff are friendly and cheerful and perform their tasks competently.

Seat numbers are not allocated, so the free-seating frenzy can be a bit of fun. Fortunately, the Malagasy are polite and patient people and despite several internal flights, I did not experience any unseemly behaviour. Foreign travellers are the only ones likely to cause concern in the unfamiliar conditions.

Schedules are really only suggestions. Expect delays and spot changes to flight times. I don't think we ever left on time and waited several hours on one occasion. Bring a good book!

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