Air Austral, based on Reunion Island, has received its first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing, becoming the first French operator of the type.
Boeing said the aircraft was due to touch down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island on 25 May after a 10 500 mile (16 898 kilometre) delivery flight from the Boeing Everett Delivery Centre in Everett, Washington.
“The start-of-the-art 787 Dreamliner’s unique capabilities enable us to launch the Dzaoudi to Paris Charles de Gaulle route,” said Marie-Joseph Male, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Air Austral. “This airplane is the most advanced in the world, with superior operating economics all while providing our passengers an unrivalled on-board experience.”
“It is an honour to deliver the first 787 Dreamliner to Air Austral, a first for a French operator,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president sales Latin America, Caribbean and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The Dreamliner will complement Air Austral’s growing long-haul fleet, made up of 777s and now a 787, as well as its trans-continental network to Europe and Asia.”
Air Austral announced an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners in 2015. Air Austral was founded in 1975 and currently operates a fleet of nine aircraft to over 10 destinations worldwide.