Travel to the amazing African island of Madagascar with Air Madagascar
For over 70 years the Malagasy airline has been carrying visitors for business or tourism to the island nation in the Indian Ocean. Originally founded to connect with Air France services from Europe and continental Africa, the airlines services lasted well beyond the country's connections with its former colonial power. In the 1960s it was officially recognised as the independent nation's flag carrier: the start of a period of expansion for Air Madagascar, which formed international routes not just to France, but to Southern Africa.
The airline currently operates out of Ivato International Airport, located some 15 km outside the island's capital of Antananarivo. Its range of destinations still includes Paris and Marseille but also the islands of Reunion, the Seychelles and even a service as far as China. On the fourth largest island in the world, the carrier's internal flights play a particularly important role, including for eco-tourists and other holiday makers looking to explore this spectacular and bio-diverse island.
The relatively small fleet includes Boeing 737s and Airbus A340s, as well as smaller, 70-seater aircraft that are well suited to their internal flights.
Flying with Air Madagascar
Air Madagascar offers a comfortable economy class for its longer flights, with individual 10-inch seat-back screens and sound systems, a film-on-demand service and a bi-monthly in-flight magazine. Premium economy travellers can enjoy some extra space, 120° reclining seats, a range of newspapers, a seat-side charger and complementary refreshments. In business class -- called "Baobab" -- two-metre, lie-flat seats, with a metre and a half of space to spread out, give you an extra level of comfort; this is ideal for night flights. Fifteen-inch screens offer you a choice of entertainment.
The frequent flyer programme -- named "Namako" from the Malagasy for "my friend" -- is available as an individual, family or group membership and offers a range of benefits, including upgrades and a priority check-in service.
Check-in and baggage allowance
Passengers with a valid ticket and reservation may check in as soon as their flight is called. In Ivato, Paris and Marseille, Baobab travellers can enjoy the comfort of the travellers' lounge.
For all long-haul journeys, only two bags can be checked in as hold baggage. There is a weight limit of 23 kg for economy class and 32 kg for business travellers. Passengers are allowed one item of hand luggage plus a handbag or laptop case as carry-on luggage.