Milestones

 

Founded on June 14, 1967, with over 50 years of distinguished service, Air Mauritius, our national carrier, has transcended from humble beginnings to emerge as the fourth-largest airline in sub-Saharan Africa. Demonstrating a steadfast commitment to service excellence, operational efficiency, and strategic expansion, Air Mauritius now stands as a pivotal player in the aviation landscape, dedicated to elevating your travel experience.

Air Mauritius’s extensive network facilitates seamless connectivity to our idyllic paradise island, and we take pride in offering direct flights to a wide range of regional and international destinations, spanning Europe, India, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Indian Ocean Islands. This accomplishment reflects our unwavering dedication to providing convenient and accessible air travel options.

A bold aspiration 

Air Mauritius originated as a collaborative venture with Air France, BOAC (now British Airways), and the Government of Mauritius in 1967. Initially serving as a ground handler, the airline transitioned into inter-island services in 1972, commencing operations with a six-seater Piper Navajo aircraft.

In 1973, Air Mauritius embarked on long-haul endeavors by introducing services to London via Nairobi, utilizing a Vickers Super V10 leased from BOAC. Joint operations with Air India to Bombay commenced during the same period.

Continuing its strategic evolution, Air Mauritius achieved a significant milestone in 1975 with the acquisition of its first aircraft—a 16-seater Del Havilland Twin Otter. This notable addition replaced the Piper Navajo and facilitated enhanced services on the Reunion and Rodrigues routes, marking a pivotal moment in the airline's growth and operational expansion.

Turning dreams into reality

Marking the dawn of a new era in 1977, Air Mauritius transitioned to jet aviation by replacing the Vickers Super V10 with its first jet, a Boeing 707-400 acquired from British Airtours. The Boeing 707, an iconic airliner of its time, not only symbolized progress but also represented the first successful and widely used commercial jet. Its advancements in passenger capacity, range, and speed revolutionized air travel, establishing a benchmark for global aviation.

In 1983, Air Mauritius introduced non-stop flights to key European destinations such as Paris, Rome, and Zurich, made possible with a Boeing 747SP leased from South African Airways. This strategic move provided the airline with a significant competitive advantage, enhancing connectivity and contributing to economic development.

The growth trajectory continued in 1994 with the incorporation of first two Airbus A340-300 aircraft, further solidifying Air Mauritius's role in accelerating the country's connectivity and economic prosperity. The A340 fleet was consolidated with the arrival of three more aircraft between 1995 and 1997. The Air Mauritius wide-bodied fleet further grew with the acquisition of two Airbus A330-200 in 2007 and 2009.

Soar the world with us

In 2017, Air Mauritius commemorated 50 years of dedicated service to its passengers and affirmed its commitment to continued investments towards aviation excellence.

Presently, Air Mauritius boasts one of the youngest and most modern fleets globally. The addition of cutting-edge aircraft, including the Airbus A350-9900 XWB and the A330-900neo, has not only expanded operational ranges but has also elevated the standards of comfort for our passengers.

In addition to providing non-stop air travel services to prominent destinations such as Australia, France, Switzerland, Italy, India, Madagascar, Malaysia, Reunion, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, Air Mauritius offers extensive global connectivity through strategic codeshare partnerships, providing comprehensive and seamless travel solutions. Notable partners in our collaborative network include Air Austral, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Emirates,  Air India, Hong Kong Airlines, Kenya Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

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Air Mauritius was incorporated in 1967. The national airline of Mauritius was born just months before independence, from the dream of an emerging nation to deploy its wings and fly to new horizons.

Until then, Air Mauritius mainly operated as a ground handler. The six-seater Piper Navajo was the first aircraft that flew the colours of Air Mauritius. It was registered in Madagascar and operated flights between Mauritius and Rodrigues as from 13 September 1972.

Long haul operations started in November 1973 with weekly flights on the Mauritius-Nairobi-London route operated by a Super VC10 leased from BOAC. Air Mauritius also started joint operations with Air France to Paris and with Air India to Bombay that year.

A 16-seater Del Havilland Twin Otter was the first aircraft purchased by Air Mauritius in February 1975. It replaced the Piper Navajo and operated the Reunion and Rodrigues routes.

Air Mauritius began services to Europe using a Boeing 707 jet leased from British Airtours. The aircraft was in the Air Mauritius livery and registered in the United Kingdom. The Boeing 707 was an iconic airliner, which introduced jet travel to a much larger public worldwide.

The first Boeing 747SP was leased from South African Airways in 1984. Air Mauritius started non-stop flights to several European destinations namely Paris, Rome and Zurich as from November 1984 using this aircraft.  Operating the Boeing 747SP non-stop gave Air Mauritius a significant advantage over its competitors.

The Airbus era began with the reception of two Airbus A340-300. It was an era of rapid growth. With its Airbus fleet, Air Mauritius accompanied the country during its golden years when economic development became synonymous with air connectivity.

2008 saw an evolution of the Air Mauritius visual identity. It was not a total departure from the previous one but rather deliberately built on the latter’s strengths.

 

2008 was also a year where the global airline industry went through turbulent times with cycles of economic crisis, volatile fuel prices and a string of external shocks. Air Mauritius showed remarkable resilience and has now emerged as a robust airline using its own internal resources.

On 8 July 2014, Skytrax awarded Air Mauritius the prestigious 4-Star professional quality rating. This took Air Mauritius to an elite group of only 35 airlines worldwide having obtained this rating.

2017 was a landmark year in many respects. The national airline of Mauritius celebrated 50 years of serving passengers and made some massive investments that would determine its future.

 

The re-fleeting programme started with the delivery of the new generation aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 XWB. The features of this state-of-the-art aircraft offers an enhanced passenger experience.

Air Mauritius took delivery of its two new generation wide body A330-900neos. With this delivery, Air Mauritius has now set a new benchmark as the first A330-900neo operator based in the southern hemisphere, and the first airline in the world to operate a combination of both the A350-900 XWB and A330-900neo.