Air Mauritius takes delivery of its first A330neo

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Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-900 on lease from ALC during a ceremony held in Toulouse and becomes the first operator of the aircraft in the southern hemisphere.

The National carrier of the Republic of Mauritius is also the first airline in the world to operate a combination of both the A330neo and A350 XWB.

The airline will deploy the aircraft on routes connecting Mauritius to Europe (mainly London and Geneva), India and South East Asian routes and on regional destinations including Johannesburg, Antananarivo and Reunion Island.

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

“The A330neo offers similar levels of comfort as the A350 XWB, which has received very favourable feedback from our customers. I strongly believe that with the addition of the A330neo to our fleet, Air Mauritius will further reinforce its focus and emphasis on the customer who are at the very core of our business model.”

Air Mauritius currently operates nine Airbus aircraft of which two A350-900s, three A340-300s, two A330-200s and two A319s on its regional and long haul services.

Airbus has garnered an order book of more than 1,700 aircraft from 120 customers to date for the A330.