Air Mauritius receives its first Airbus A330-900neo

Air Mauritius Airbus A330neo
Photo: © Clément Alloing

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. The national carrier of the Republic of Mauritius becomes the first airline to operate both the A330neo and A350 jets.

I am delighted to welcome our first Airbus A330neo, another milestone in our fleet modernisation programme. The addition of two A330neos to our fleet will bring more flexibility and efficiency to our operations while supporting our network strategy. Somas Appavou, Air Mauritius CEO

The airline’s first A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and features a two-class cabin layout with 28 business class and 260 economy class seats. Air Mauritius plans to deploy the aircraft on long-haul routes from Mauritius to Europe, India and South East Asia.

Air Mauritius currently operates a fleet of 13 airplanes, including two Airbus A319, two A330-200, three A340-300 and two A350-900 airliners. Besides the Airbus aircraft, ATR 72 turboprops are used on regional flights. The airline has a one more A330neo on order, which is also leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC), along with four outstanding A350-900 orders, with deliveries scheduled until 2023. Both these next-generation long-haul aircraft types will be used to replace the older, four-engined A340-300.

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