The four major airlines in the Indian Ocean (Air Austral, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius and Air Seychelles) have recently undergone significant changes in management and governance, which has disrupted the operation of the Vanilla Alliance.
It was created in 2015 with the support of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) to improve air services between the countries of the Indian Ocean and the deployment of synergies between the different signatory companies.
The four CEOs met last June in Mauritius and confirmed their willingness to work together under the umbrella of the Alliance. The work program remains unchanged, namely the search for attractive tariff formulas, the connectivity of programs and the optimisation of partnerships. The most advanced project remains the upcoming deployment of a Vanilla Pass in the Indian Ocean. Discussions are underway with other African airlines including SAA, Kenya Airways and Rwandair for the establishment of the first African Alliance.
At the end of this meeting, Marie Joseph Malé, Chairman and CEO of Air Austral, was re-elected President of the Vanilla Alliance. (africanaerospace)