Air  Mauritius adds two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft to its current order of six Airbus A350-900 aircraft

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Existing  fleet  being  upgraded  with  new  seats,  new  inflight entertainment  system  and  onboard  WiFi

Air  Mauritius  is  pleased  to  announce  the  introduction  of  two  new  Airbus  A330-900  (New  Engine Option  –  neo)  aircraft,  on  long  term  operating  lease  from  Air  Lease  Corporation  (ALC),  in  September and  October  2018  in  replacement  of  two  A340-300E  aircraft  whose  leases  will  expire  in  November and December  2018.

This  decision  follows  a  thorough  evaluation  process  and  accelerates  the  fleet  renewal  program  of  the airline  with  another  state  of  the  art  aircraft. The  A330-900  aircraft,  which  has  been  officially  launched in  July  2014,  is  powered  by  two  new  generation  Rolls  Royce  Trent  7000  engines.  The  aircraft  is  also equipped  with  a  new  cabin  interior  design,  high-span  wings  and  sharklets  as  well  as  new  systems. The  aircraft  consumes  at  least  20%  less  fuel  as  compared  to  the  current  A340-300  enhanced  aircraft. The  A330-900  aircraft  will  have  a  similar  cabin  layout  as  the  A350-900  aircraft  and  will  be  configured in  a  two  class  layout  with  291  seats  (28  business  and  263  economy  class  seats)  with  full-flat  seats  in business  class, new  seats  in economy, new  inflight  entertainment systems  as  well  as  onboard  WiFi.

The  replacement  of  the  two  A340-300E  by  the  A330-900  aircraft  is  key  to  modernizing  the  fleet  of  Air Mauritius  and  will  offer  enhanced  passenger  experience  and  comfort,  operating  efficiencies  and technological  innovation.  The  new  aircraft  will  also  allow  Air  Mauritius  to  improve  its  products  and competitiveness  in  the  current  dynamic  and  challenging  market  environment.  The  two  aircraft  will initially  serve the  medium  haul  routes  of  Guangzhou,  Hong  Kong,  Delhi  and  Perth. Moreover,  based  on  its  future  fleet  requirements,  Air  Mauritius  is  maintaining  its  order  of  two  A350900  aircraft  for  2019  and  has  decided  to  reschedule  the  delivery  of  the  last  two  A350-900  aircraft, initially  planned for 2020,  to  2023.

At  the  same  time,  Air  Mauritius  is  upgrading  the  cabin  interiors  of  its  existing  fleet  with  a  view  to  meet customer  expectations  and  consolidate  its  status  as  the  leading  airline  of  the  region.  The  airline’s existing  aircraft  will  thus  be  equipped  with  new  seats,  new  inflight  entertainment  systems  and  onboard WiFi. The  revamp of  the cabin  interiors  is  planned  to be completed  by  June  2018.

 

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