Air Mauritius, the flag carrier of Mauritius, has decided to expand and modernize its long-haul fleet by signing a memorandum of understanding for four Airbus A350-900 aircraft.
Airbus and Air Mauritius announced the agreement on July 16, during the Farnborough International Airshow 2014.
The airline has also announced that it has agreed to lease two more Airbus A350-900 widebodies.
Air Mauritius will operate the six Airbus A350 XWB jets on its European, Asian and Australian routes.
Port Louis-headquartered Air Mauritius currently operates 10 Airbus aircraft, including two A330-200s and two A319s.
“The A350 XWB combined with the A330 suits Air Mauritius’ entire long-range network and will be key to modernizing our fleet, while significantly reducing our operational costs and environmental footprint. It is the game-changer we were looking for,” says Andries Viljoen, Air Mauritius’ chief executive officer.
“These highly comfortable and fuel-efficient aircraft will fit nicely into our existing Airbus fleet, and our passengers will be able to enjoy seamless service and comfort levels throughout our entire product range,” adds Viljoen.
The A350 XWB family of mid-size, long-haul, twin-engine jets comprises three versions, offering from 276 to 369 seats.
At the end of June 2014, the A350 XWB had won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide. Just days previously, its order book had stood at 812 aircraft, but Airbus then announced Emirates Airline had decided to cancel its order for 70 A350 XWBs because it had re-assessed its fleet-capacity requirements.
Emirates subsequently said it would re-assess its mid-size aircraft capacity requirements at a later date and might order either A350 XWBs or Boeing 787s for delivery dates beginning after 2020.