Air Mauritius selects new fleet of A350-900s
Air Mauritius is delighted to announce the decision to replace our existing fleet of A340-300s with six new generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
The announcement, made at Farnborough International Airshow, is a major decision for the airline, and is Step 5 of our 7-Step Recovery and Sustainability plan. The re-fleeting exercise will take place in a phased manner over the next six years, with the first two A350-900 planes due to be delivered in 2017 through operating leases from AerCap Holdings, and the remaining four purchased from Airbus – two aircraft to be delivered in 2019, and the remaining two in 2020. We have also reserved our right to exercise an option to place additional orders of up to three A350 between 2023 and 2025 on the same terms and conditions that led to the selection of the first four aircraft with Airbus.
‘This landmark decision follows a rigorous and transparent evaluation and selection process,’ said Dass Thomas, Chairman of Air Mauritius. ‘These new acquisitions will allow the airline to offer a very attractive product with state of the art seats and in-flight entertainment facilities to meet the expectations of our passengers.’
‘These fuel efficient A350-900s are key to modernising our fleet and will significantly reduce operational costs,’ added Andre Viljoen, Chief Executive Officer. ‘This aircraft is the game changer we were looking for to improve our products and competitiveness. The A350-900 will enable our customers to enjoy significantly improved comfort levels.’
Find out more about our 7-Step Recovery and Sustainability Plan.