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Milestones

We invite you to experience our journey as an Airline since 1967 with select milestones unfolded below, that have helped define who we are today – a national airline with over half a century of history behind us.


1967
A dream to fly

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.
Piper-navajo

1972
First Aircraft Operations

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.




1973
First long-haul flight

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.

Twin-Otter


1975
First aircraft owned

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.




1977 
Boeing-707
Another league – The first jet in Air Mauritius livery

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.





Boeing-747

1984
Beating competition with non-stop flights

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.



1994 A340-300
The Airbus fleet - An era of growth

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.






Air Mauritius logo2008
A New Corporate Identity

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.

Business resilience

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.


2014
Skytrax
Skytrax 4-Star

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.







A3502017
Fifty years of history

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.

Enter the A350 era

The re-fleeting programme started with the delivery of the first two A350-900 and products have been upgraded to global best in class standards. Existing A330-200 and A340 are being retrofitted to ensure conformity in Air Mauritius’ product offering.


2019
Enter the A330neo

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 A330neo operator based in the southern hemisphere, and the first airline in the world to operate a combination of both the A350 XWB and A330neo.