Air Mauritius, the flag carrier of Mauritius, has decided to expand and modernise its long-haul fleet with a Memorandum of Understanding for four A350-900 aircraft.
The agreement was announced during the Farnborough International Airshow. The airline has also announced that it is leasing two more A350-900s. The six A350 XWB will be operated on European, Asian and Australian routes.
Air Mauritius, voted the leading airline in the Indian Ocean at the World Travel Awards for the last nine years and recently awarded a 4-STAR Skytrax rating, currently operates ten Airbus aircraft including two A330-200s and two A319s, Airbus said in a media release.
“The A350 XWB combined with the A330 suits Air Mauritius’ entire long-range network and will be key to modernising our fleet while significantly reducing our operational costs and environmental footprint. It is the game-changer we were looking for,” said Andries Viljoen, Air Mauritius’ Chief Executive Officer. “These highly comfortable and fuel-efficient aircraft will fit nicely into our existing Airbus fleet, and our passengers will be able to enjoy seamless service and comfort levels throughout our entire product range.”
“We are honoured that Air Mauritius, a long-standing customer for 20 years, is ordering more Airbus aircraft,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The fleet commonality unique to Airbus will maximise operational efficiency for the airline, and passengers will benefit from unmatched comfort levels on the world’s most modern aircraft.”
The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range product line comprising three versions offering from 276 to 369 seats. At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.