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Air Mauritius celebrates 50 years of flying

Celebrating 50 years of flying

Air Mauritius is adding a special “50 Yrs” logo to select aircraft as it celebrates 50 years of flying in the islands.

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Air Mauritius has been a bridge to the world for Mauritius since the country gained independence in 1968.

Founded in June that year, via the joint efforts of Air France, the Mauritian government, and the BOAC enterprise.

Each held a 27.5% stake, with the remaining 17.5% held by Rogers and Co. Ltd, who were the ticketing agent for Air France and BOAC in Mauritius.

Fast forward 46 years, and today our airline is sub-Saharan Africa’s fourth largest carrier and nine-time winner of the Indian Ocean Leading Airline prize, having won the award every year since 2005.

But how did we get here? We take a look back…

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The early days

In the first five years of our existence our activities were purely confined to ground services, operating flights only in conjunction with Air France, Air India and British Airways. But in 1972, we leased a six-seater twin-engined Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft (above) from Air Madagascar and launched our inaugural service to Rodrigues with our very own livery.

Twin Otter - Air Mauritius 1975

A year later we wet-leased a Vickers Super VC10 from BOAC  – an aircraft designed to operate medium and long-haul routes from short runways in Africa and south Asia – and began our first long distance service to London via Nairobi.

In 1975 our Navajo was replaced with a 16-seat de Havilland Canada Twin Otter, followed by the acquisition of a Boeing 707-400 from British Airtours in 1977, which helped us to begin a long-haul service in our own right. Two years later we acquired a second Twin Otter, and by 1980 we had a staff of 414 and a four plane fleet serving London, Nairobi, Bombay (Mumbai), Tananarive (Antananarivo), Rodrigues and Réunion.

Above Photo: Michel Gilliand. This Boeing 707-436 G-APFD 9msn 17705) “City of Port Louis” was leased from British Airtours on October 17, 1977.

Post-1980

By mid-1980, the government of Mauritius had become the majority shareholder. We leased an Air Madagascar Boeing 737 and acquired a Boeing 707-320B previously owned by South African Airways, which allowed us to launch routes to Durban and Johannesburg, and start a joint service with Air Madagascar for the Tananarive–Mauritius–Comoros–Nairobi and Réunion-Rodrigues runs.

A further Boeing 707 lease-purchase from Luxavia allowed us to expand our European network in 1983, with the addition of Rome and Zurich, and Paris in 1984.  

By 1985, our fleet comprised two Boeing 707s, a Boeing 737 and a Boeing 747, and a Twin Otter. A weekly service to Singapore was added to our route network, and in June of that year we became members of the African Airlines Association. 1985 was also the year we took delivery of our first Bell 206 JetRanger helicopter.

Further developments during the late eighties included a non-stop service to Hong Kong in co-operation with Cathay Pacific, and flights to Kuala Lumpur, which began in 1988.

In 1988 the company was valued at US$122 million, and in April we took delivery of two Boeing 767s, named “City of Port Louis” and “City of Curepipe”, one of which set a record-breaking distance for commercial twinjets, when it flew non-stop to Mauritius from Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, covering some 9,000 miles (14,000km) in under 17 hours.

Into the 90s

By 1990, our route map included Anatananarivo, Bombay, Durban, Geneva, Harare, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London, Moroni, Munich, Nairobi, Paris, Réunion, Rodrigues, Rome, Singapore and Zurich, with a further route to Perth inaugurated in late 1991.

Later in the decade Air Mauritius became the first airline in the Southern Hemisphere to fly an Airbus A340, named Pauille-en-Queue”,  with a second named “Pink Pigeon” purchased directly from Airbus in 1994. These two brand new aircraft enabled Air Mauritius to further its reputation as a first class international carrier. A third A340 anmed “Kestrel”, was delivered in 1995. By this point we’d also launched services to Brussels and Cape Town and floated on the stock exchange of Mauritius.

The 21st Century

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By early 2000 Air Mauritius employed 2,000 employees and had a ten-strong fleet made up of Boeing, Airbus and ATR aircraft, flying both passengers and 30,000+ annual tons of cargo around the globe. We ordered an A340-300 Enhanced in mid-2005, and received the last one ever built, putting it to work on our London Heathrow route shortly after delivery in December 2006.

A year later, we took delivery of the wide-body twin-engined A330, followed by a second aircraft of the same type in October 2009, taking our current fleet to 12. We also remain one of the few airlines in the world to offer a helicopter service, with two Bell Jet Rangers used for tour services.

In 2012, Air Mauritius rationalized its network and serve 20 global destinationa across four continents.

Top Copyright Photo: (all others by Air Mauritius): Air Mauritius Airbus A330-202 3B-NBL (msn 1057) (50 Years) SIN (Michael B. Ing). Image: 939939.

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Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

"Le Morne Brabant", the first Air Mauritius A350, delivered on October 20, 2017

Air Mauritius took delivery of its brand new Airbus A350-900 on Friday, October 20, 2017 during a ceremony held at SSR International Airport following the touchdown of the aircraft.

The Chief Guest at the delivery ceremony was the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Honorable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth.

The A350-900 is a latest generation aircraft equipped with state of the art cabin products and marks the start of a fleet modernisation programme that will see 8 new aircraft (6 A350 and 2 A330neo) join the fleet within the next 5 years.

The flight path took the new aircraft over eastern part of the Island where it flew over the Fuel State, the Anjalay Stadium in the North, the Caudan in Port Louis, Cascavelle in the West as well as over Bagatelle before proceeding to Plaisance.

The aircraft will operate its inaugural flight to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Airbus issued this statement:

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 aircraft, opening a new chapter for the Indian Ocean carrier. The aircraft, leased from AerCap, was delivered during a ceremony held in Mauritius.

The Mauritian airline based airline has chosen a very comfortable two class layout with a total of 326 seats comprising 28 in Business Class and 298 in Economy Class.

The A350-900 equipped with Air Mauritius’ latest cabin products including new seats, an all-new inflight entertainment system and inflight connectivity will offer passengers unparalleled levels of comfort and convenience.

This A350-900 is the first of six to be delivered to Air Mauritius. Four will be purchased directly from Airbus and two leased from AerCap. The carrier will deploy the aircraft on its expanding route network connecting Mauritius with Asia, Africa and Europe.

Air Mauritius already operates a fleet of 10 Airbus aircraft including six A340-300s, two A330-200s and two A319s on its regional and long haul services.

Copyright Photo: Air Mauritius Airbus A350-941 F-WZNN (3B-NBP) (msn 145) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939412.

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Air Mauritius to introduce the new Airbus A350-900 on October 23, 2017

"Le Morne Brabant", the first Air Mauritius A350

Air Mauritius is getting ready to take delivery of its first Airbus A350-900. The flag carrier is planning to introduce the new type on October 23, 2017 on the Mauritius – Singapore – Kuala Lumpur route according to Airline Route.

A350 service to Johannesburg will be offered on October 27, 2017, London (Heathrow) on November 11, 2017 and Paris (CDG) on December 1, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Air Mauritius Airbus A350-941 F-WZNN (3B-NBP) (msn 145) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 939411.

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Air Mauritius to lease two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft from ALC

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Air Lease Corporation (AL) announced long term lease agreements with Air Mauritius for two new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, outfitted with latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus and are scheduled to deliver in September and October 2018.

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Air Mauritius signs a MOU for four Airbus A350-900s, will lease two more

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Air Mauritius (Port Louis, Mauritius), the flag carrier of Mauritius has decided to expand and modernize its long-haul fleet with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for four Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The agreement was announced during the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. The airline has also announced that it is leasing two more A350-900s. The 6 A350 XWB will be operated on European, Asian and Australian routes.

Air Mauritius currently operates ten Airbus aircraft including two A330-200s and two A319s.

The A350 XWB is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long-range product line comprising three versions offering from 276 to 369 seats.

Image: Airbus.

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Air Mauritius has a profitable year, reversing two years of losses

Air Mauritius (Port Louis, Mauritius) posted a net profit of €7.3 million ($9.9 million) for its fiscal financial year ending on March 31, 2014.

These positive results marked the return to profit of the national airline over a full financial year after two consecutive loss making years.

Air Mauritius has benefitted from its transformation program named “7 Step Plan” which was launched in February 2012. This program, which is on-going, encompasses four “Recovery Steps” and three “Game Changers”. The former relate to our network and fleet, commercial and revenue management, cash improvement and asset rationalization. According to the carrier, “The Game Changers aim at ensuring long term sustainability and involve re-fleeting, improving quality of service and harnessing our human capital.”

“Re-balancing growth to emerging markets was further strengthened during financial year 2012-13. Air Mauritius has rationalized its network and now offers more choice and flexibility to its passengers by serving hubs while flying directly to 20 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the South West Indian Ocean region. We have also reinforced our gateways to Africa, Asia and Australia while concentrating our network around hubs in Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Perth with enhanced agreements with airline partners.”

Copyright Photo: John Adlard/AirlinersGallery.com. The Airbus A340s are being phase out. A340-312 3B-NAU (msn 076) lands in Sydney.

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Air Mauritius reduces its losses in the fiscal first quarter

Air Mauritius (Port Louis) reported a pre-tax $12.5 million loss in its fiscal first quarter.

Read the full statement by the carrier: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A340-312 3B-NAU (msn 076) prepares to land at Geneva.

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