Air Austral receives its first Airbus A220

Air Austral Airbus A220 aircraft
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French carrier Air Austral has taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft from the A220 Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mirabel, Canada.

The airline’s new Airbus A220 jets feature a seating layout for 132 passengers and will mainly be deployed on regional routes.

Air Austral announced the purchase of three Airbus A220 aircraft in October 2019. The two additional new jets will also be delivered in the coming days and serve as a replacement for the carrier’s Boeing 737-800 and ATR 72-500. Besides these aircraft types, Air Austral operates three Boeing 777-300ER and two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner airplanes.

Following this delivery, the Réunion-based airline becomes the first French operator of the Airbus A220 jet. France’s flag-carrier Air France is due to receive its first A220 in the coming weeks. In 2019, the Air France-KLM Group signed a commitment for sixty Airbus A220 airplanes.