Air Mau­ri­tius adds two Air­bus A330-900NEO Air­craft

ADDS TWO AIR­BUS A330-900NEO AIR­CRAFT

Nomad Africa Magazine - - Inside - Words: KRISTIE OMAR

Air Mau­ri­tius adds two Air­bus A330-900neo air­craft to its cur­rent or­der of six Air­bus A350-900 air­craft, with their 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 A330900 (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 pro­gramme 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 A340300 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 air­crafts by the A330-900 air­craft is key to mod­ernising 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 re-

quire­ments, Air Mau­ri­tius is main­tain­ing its or­der of two A350-900 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.

Air Mau­ri­tius’ Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing for four A350-900 air­craft is marked at the Farn­bor­ough Air­show by (from left to right): Air Mau­ri­tius Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer An­dries Viljoen, Air Mau­ri­tius Chair­man Dass Thomas, Air­bus Pres­i­dent and CEO Fabrice Brégier and Air­bus Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer - Cus­tomers, John Leahy

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