The announcement was made during the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow.
The flag carrier of Mauritius, Air Mauritius, has been dubbed the Indian Ocean’s leading airline for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards and currently operates ten Airbus aircraft including two A330-200 and two A319s.
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“The A350 XWB combined with the A330 suits Air Mauritius’ entire long-range network and will be key to modernising our fleet while significantly reducing our operational costs and environmental footprint. It is the game-changer we were looking for,” said Andries Viljoen, chief executive officer of Air Mauritius.
“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.”
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the airline for four A350-900 aircraft while the other two are being leased. All six aircraft however will operate on European, Asian and Australian routes.
The A350 XWB is part of Airbus’ new long range product line with three versions offering from 276 to 369 seats and has already won 742 orders from 38 customers worldwide.
Fabrice Bregier, president and CEO of Airbus added that the new fleet will improve Air Mauritius’ operational efficiency.
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“We are honoured that Air Mauritius, a long-standing customer for 20 years, is ordering more Airbus aircraft. The fleet commonality unique to Airbus will maximise operational efficiency for the airline, and passengers will benefit from unmatched comfort levels on the world’s most modern aircraft,” he said.