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Air Austral, Air Madagascar and Kenya Airways towards a Privileged Partnership

Posted 19 July 2018 · Add Comment

Air Austral and Air Madagascar have signed in Antananarivo a Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Airways.

The three airlines have sealed a new partnership positioning Nairobi as a new hub adding to the Antananarivo and Saint-Denis hubs. Initially recommended by Air Austral as part of the Business Plan proposed to accompany the recovery of Air Madagascar, Kenya Airways thus formalises its entry as a Preferred Partner. The three partners have expressed their willingness to set up an agreement, including code-sharing, the strengthening and development of their services to and from the Indian Ocean towards the African continent, and thus offering a wider choice of services to their passengers.

This new partnership opens up the possibility of setting up new bridges between the Indian Ocean and the African continent.

" This new strategy, which is part of the Business Plan for the recovery of the Malagasy national airline, will offer our three companies good opportunities to develop. In addition to the hubs of Reunion and Antananarivo, Nairobi becomes a gateway to the African continent to strengthen trade and tourism between the three countries and improve the connectivity within our respective territories ", said Marie-Joseph Malé, CEO of Air Austral.

" We are really delighted  as the MOU opens the door to new destinations, particularly in West Africa, through the dense network offered by the privileged partner Kenya Airways. The milestones for the consolidation and development of our presence in the Africa and Indian Ocean Zone have been set, the next step is  to explore possible synergies between our companies regarding our fleet, MRO, training, cargo... ", added Rolland Besoa Razafimaharo, General Manager of Air Madagascar.

" This privileged partnership is in line with Kenya Airways' strategy to improve the efficiency of its network, to grow through cooperation while focusing on high-performance business and leisure segments." Thanks to this partnership, our clients will have better access to Mayotte, Reunion, Madagascar and Kenya as well as to other destinations beyond our respective hubs ", concluded Sebastian Mikosz, Kenya Airways’ CEO. 

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