ACC Aviation provides ACMI services for Madagascar airlines

Photo Credit: ACC Aviation

ACC aviation has partnered with USC GmbH of Germany to provide an A340-300 under charter (ACMI) agreement for Madagascar Airlines.

The first flight was conducted on the 5th of September 2023, from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo (TNR), operating as MD51 and using an Airbus A340-300. The same aircraft was used for the return sector, from TNR to CDG, on the 6th of September 2023, operating as MD50.

What Is ACMI


Well, in ACC’s own words: “Also known as wet or damp leasing, ACMI leasing is an agreement between two airlines, where the lessor agrees to provide an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) to the lessee – in return for payment on the number of block hours operated.”

ACMI provides the lessee with additional or replacement capacity, even at short notice.”

Zeineb Lassoued, VP Regional for MEA at ACC Aviation commented on the partnership: “We are honoured to have been chosen by Madagascar Airlines as their trusted ACMI arranger and would like to thank both USC GmbH and Madagascar Airlines’ teams for their professionalism and dedication to making this project feasible.”

Inaugural commercial route for USC


Operating for Madagascar is USC’s latest acquisition in the form of the A340-300 aircraft, registration D-AUSC.

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Airbus A340 -300 D-AUSC - USC GmbH's ACMI fleet
D-AUSC – A340-300 of USC / Photo Credit – USC GmbH

USC say of their first dedicated ACMI aircraft: Our 253-seat aircraft offers a dual-class configuration, featuring 38 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 215 seats in Economy Class.

Boasting an ultra-long-range capability of 13,500 km (7,300 nm), our A340-300 opens up new horizons for direct, non-stop flights, ensuring your passengers enjoy a seamless and comfortable travel experience.

“USC is proud and honoured to have been selected by Madagascar Airlines to operate their commercial flights between Paris and Antananarivo on the 5th and the 6th of September 2023.”

“We have spared no effort in ensuring smooth and professional operations and hope to not only meet, but also exceed, Madagascar Airlines’ expectations.” said Klaus Dieter Martin, the Managing Director at USC GmbH.

“ACC Aviation have been very forthcoming in negotiating this contract and we thank them for their unwavering help and support. As an operator committed to providing quality service to premium clients, we look forward to further fruitful co-operation”

The Air Madagascar current fleet 2023


The Air Madagascar group fleet currently consists of:

  • 2x Airbus A340-300
  • 2 x ATR 72-500
  • 2 x ATR 72-600
  • 3 DHC6-300 Twin Otter

They serve 3 destinations internationally, including Paris and Marseille in France and Guangzhou in China. Some of these have been suspended since Covid-19 and are awaiting reinstatement.

Around Africa they currently serve several destinations:

  • Moroni, Comores
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dzaoudzi, Mayotte
  • Port Louis, Mauritius
  • Saint-Denis, La Réunion

The new 11 hour route is operating leaving Antananarivo at 2200 local and arriving in Paris at 0800 local. According to current available schedule information it’s operating once a week on a Sunday throughout September.

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