Air Austral signs agreement for three Airbus A220

An Airbus A220-300 test aircraft. Photo: © Clément Alloing

French airline Air Austral has signed an agreement with Airbus for the purchase of three Airbus A220-300.

The carrier based on the French island of La Réunion said in a statement that the aircraft would be delivered in November 2020, December 2020 and in March 2021. Additionally, they will serve as a replacement for the carrier’s two Boeing 737-800 and one ATR72-500. No cabin configuration has been announced yet.

Air Austral was founded in 1974 as Réunion Air Services and initially served as a regional inter-island carrier for the French overseas territories in the Indian Ocean. Thereafter it expanded to destinations in Africa before launching longhaul flights to Paris in 2003. Several other French cities followed soon after, as did services to Sydney.

After a period of restructuring, Air Austral currently operates the aforementioned two Boeing 737-800, one ATR72-500 as well as three Boeing 777-300ER and two Boeing 787-8 on routes to regional destinations and longhaul flights to mainland France, India and Thailand.