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.
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