Air Austral's Dreamliner rejoins the fleet after three months of immobilization


Paris - Air Austral has confirmed the return of its second Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to the fleet, which was immobilized due to a problem with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

On November 28, the Reunion-based French carrier announced that its second Dreamliner registered F-OLRB is operational again after three months of immobilization.

The aircraft successfully completed its test flight on November 27, before being scheduled for Flight UU976 on November 28 between Paris-CDG and Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi airport in Mayotte. Air Austral's Boeing 787-8 took off from Paris CDG yesterday at 8:33 PM (CET) and landed at Dzaoudzi Airport today at 08:07 AM after a 9h 37m flight.

Air Austral describes the return of its second Dreamliner as an event that marks the end of a complex period. The airline had been forced to immobilize its two Boeing 787-8 as part of the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 inspections made mandatory by EASA.

The company had to to make significant adjustments to its flight schedule during this time. The carrier leased the Airbus A380 of Portuguese wet-lease operator Hi Fly between August 24 and September 9. Hi Fly made its last flight on behalf of Air Austral on November 27 with an Airbus A330-200.

The Dreamliners of Air Austral are configured to accommodate 18 passengers in Business class and 244 in Economy.

The 787-8 registered F-OLRB will be deployed on routes between Reunion-Bangkok and Reunion-Mayotte

The Air Austral fleet also includes three Boeing 777-300ERs, two 737-800s, and one ATR 72-500.