Air Mauritius will soon acquire 6 new Airbus A350-900. The news was announced yesterday by the CEO of Air Mauritius. Air Mauritius will buy four new airplanes, and, will rent two additional ones, with the aim to renewing and modernizing its fleet. More than one billion dollars are being invested for this purpose.
Air Mauritius had previously proclaimed its intention of renewing its fleet to keep up with the prestigious title it got from Skytrax, the British company that reviews airlines from all around the world. Mauritius seems to be booming with its national airline and airport. The SSR International Airport has also earned an honorable title from Skytrax: that of being the best airport in the Indian Ocean. Recently, the airline Air Mauritius got a four-star rating; hence, it wishes to maintain the quality of its service by bringing in modern aircrafts that would, at the same time, help reduce fuel inputs and the carbon footprint.
In line with the new decision, all Airbus A340-300 will be replaced by six Airbus A350-900 aircrafts. This is what was announced by the Chief Executive Officer of Air Mauritius, Andries Viljoen, at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. Air Mauritius has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for four Airbus A350 and the rent of two additional A350-900. The six new aircrafts will serve the routes Mauritius-Asia and Mauritius-Australia.
While the first two aircrafts will be delivered to Air Mauritius in 2017, the other four will be directly acquired from a European manufacturer for $ 1.2 billions. Two of these will find their way to Mauritius by 2019, and the remaining two will arrive in 2020.
More ambitious ideas are being entertained: it is quite possible that the national airline company will make the acquisition of three more aircrafts in the year interval between 2023 and 2025.