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airBaltic performs maintenance for Air Austral A220-300

airBaltic made this announcement:

At the beginning of December 2022, the Latvian national airline airBaltic performed the scheduled A-Check technical maintenance and engine replacement for an Airbus A220-300 aircraft of the French carrier Air Austral.

The work was done by a team of 10 airBaltic technicians, and it was the first time that such maintenance was performed for an aircraft of another airline.

The A-Check is a complex of tasks, covering general inspections of the interior and the aircraft hull for evidence of, for example, damage, deformation, corrosion, missing parts. Additionally, it also includes function checks and servicing of all aircraft systems. The A-Check is performed approximately every 400–850 flight hours, or every 200–300 flights, depending on aircraft type. Such maintenance is typically done at a hangar and can take a minimum of 10 working hours depending on the services needed.

In 2019 airBaltic became the first airline in the world obtaining a full scope EASA Part-145 Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance capability for Airbus A220-300 type aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OMER (msn 55116) (tree) CDG (Pepscl). Image: 959645.

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Kenya Airways signs codeshare agreement with Air Austral, increases flights to London

Kenya Airways and Air Austral have signed a codeshare agreement that will give customers more travel options and increase connectivity between Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. The agreement which takes effect from 29th October 2022 means access to a wider range of destinations for both airlines guests beyond their hubs i.e. Nairobi for Kenya Airways, and Saint-Denis, Reunion Island for Air Austral.

Through this partnership, passengers from Kenya Airways will be able to access on a single ticket, Air Austral hub in Saint Denis de La Ré union and onward destinations while Air Austral Passengers will now be able to access Kenya Airways Hub in Nairobi, Kenya through their connecting flights in Antananarivo in Madagascar, Mauritius and Johannesburg in South Africa (subject to government approval).

Through Kenya Airways Nairobi Hub, passengers from Air Austral will have seamless connections to the wider Kenya Airways network including Lagos, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe in Africa and Paris, London and Amsterdam in Europe as well as New York’s JFK International airport.

The code share allows customers to benefit from a single fare and a single ticket for their entire trip on these code-share routes. They will also be able to check in with their baggage from their departure city through to their arrival at their destination.

In other news, Kenya Airways (KQ), has announced increased flight frequencies on the Nairobi – London route to eleven (11) times weekly, effective on November 3, 2022. The increased flight frequencies will cater to this route’s increased demand and provide KQ customers with increased flight options in the upcoming winter season.

KQ will operate daily flights with two on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (morning and evening).

*Subject to government approval.

Top Copyuright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 777-2U8 ER 5Y-KQS (msn 33683) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 959273.

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Air Austral to restore service to Chennai, India

Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OLAV (msn 55106) (volcano) CDG (Pepscl). Image: 955447.

Air Austral has announced it will restore the Reunion-Chennai, India route on May 6.


The route will be operated twice-weekly with new Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

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Top Copyright Photo: Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OLAV (msn 55106) (volcano) CDG (Pepscl). Image: 955447.

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Air Austral brings emergency teams and supplies to Madagascar

Right side of F-OLRE

Air Austral made this announcement:

In order to help the victims of Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar, a Boeing 777-300ER from Air Austral was chartered by FLYTRANS on behalf of Civil Security / COGIC in Paris, to operate a special flight Paris-Antanarivo.

The Air Austral teams have therefore done everything possible to ensure that this special flight can take place on time. allotted.

Flight UU050 took off on Tuesday February 8, 2022, from Paris CDG Airport at 23:00. The aircraft landed successfully Wednesday, February 9 in Antanarivo at 11:20 a.m. local time. This flight allowed the transport of 60 firefighters and the routing of 20 tons of freight, consisting mainly humanitarian cargo and medical equipment.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Austral Boeing 777-39M ER F-OLRE (msn 61736) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 935281.

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Air Austral operates the first Airbus A220-300 flight between Reunion Island and Mayotte

Air Austral on August 18, as planned, operated the first Airbus A220-300 revenue flight between Reunion island and Mayotte.

This is the first operation of the A220 in the Indian Ocean.

The airline welcomed F-OLAV to the Reunion base on August 13 (total now three A220-300s).

The airline announced the arrival on social media:

After F-OMER and F-OTER, it’s F-OLAV’s turn to land in Reunion. He joined his 2 brothers this morning around 10 Here we offer you some pictures of his arrival.  Air Australia thus loops the renewal of its medium-mail fleet. These planes will take you to the destinations of the Indian Ocean served by the company. More fuel efficient, more efficient and more modern, you’ll enjoy brand new and design cabins.  The first commercial flight is scheduled for Mayotte on August 18th.

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Photo: Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OLAV (msn 55106) (volcano) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 954616.

Delivered on July 28, 2021

Copyright Photo: Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OLAV (msn 55106) (volcano) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 954616.

Photo: Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OMER (msn 55116) (shoreline) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 954599.

Delivered on July 28, 2021

Copyright Photo: Delivered on July 28, 2021: Air Austral Airbus A220-330 (CS300 BD-500-1A11) F-OMER (msn 55116) (shoreline) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 954599.

Indian Ocean based Air Austral becomes first French Airbus A220 operator

Airbus made this announcement:

The first of the three Airbus A220s for Air Austral, France’s La Réunion Island-based airline, has been delivered from the Airbus A220 Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mirabel, Canada. The second and third aircraft are expected to join the Air Austral fleet in the coming days.

Airbus is delighted to welcome Air Austral as a new Airbus customer and operator. This A220 will be the first of the type to be operated by a French airline in the Indian Ocean region.

Air Austral has selected the Airbus A220-300 as part of its medium and short-haul fleet modernization plan in order to boost its operational efficiency, offering an enhanced passenger experience in a comfortable two-class cabin layout with 132 seats: 12 in business class and 120 in economy-class.

Bearing the airline’s distinctive livery representing La Reunion Island’s beautiful landscapes, Air Austral will strengthen its regional network with three A220-300s, flying on routes between La Réunion Island and Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, and as far as India.

Powered by latest-generation geared turbofan engines, Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G, the A220 is the quietest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category. The aircraft features a 50% reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat as well as 50% lower NOx emissions than current industry standards.

To date over 160 A220s have been delivered, operating routes in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ new generation single-aisle family member.

Air Austral’s first Airbus A220 has rolled out of the paint shop in Montreal

Airbus made this announcement on social media:

An exotic ambiance in Québec as Air Austral’s first A220 rolled out of our paint shop, proudly sporting one of the Réunion Island’s sceneries on its tail! A beauty!

Air Austral orders three Airbus A220-300s

Air Austral, France’s Réunion Island-based airline, has signed a firm order for three A220 aircraft, Airbus’ newest family member. With this order Air Austral becomes the first A220 customer based in the Indian Ocean region. Benefiting from a 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, the A220s will enable Air Austral to reduce its costs and carbon footprint on international routes in the region.

The design of the new clean sheet single-aisle aircraft allows for more seats, offering extra revenue potential to airlines, especially to those located in remote areas, and extra usable cargo volume capacity.

The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to offer at least a 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous generation aircraft, along with significantly lower emissions and a reduced noise footprint. The A220 offers the performance of larger single-aisle aircraft.

The A220 had an order book of over 500 aircraft at the end of September 2019.

Photos: Airbus.