The first of the six Airbus A350-900 of the Air Mauritius flew to Mauritius. It will enter service on October 23 to Kuala Lumpur via Singapore, before arriving in Paris in early December.
The new aircraft will perform a low-altitude flight over the eastern part of the island before landing.
The A350-900 of the Mauritian national company painted with a 50th anniversary logo, left Toulouse on 19 October 2017 for its base at Port-Louis-Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam airport, where a ceremony will be held today at 15:00. Air Mauritius said in a statement that the new aircraft will fly over the eastern part of the island, particularly the Anjalay, Caudan, Cascavelle, and Bagatelle stadiums before landing. The low altitude flight will be clearly visible to the public. The A350-900 is configured to accommodate 28 passengers in Business Class and 263 in Economy (291 seats in total).
The first two A350-900s are leased from AerCap. Recall that the Mauritian company announced the acceleration of the plan to rejuvenate its fleet, with the arrival of two Airbus A330-900neo next year. The devices will be equipped with the same configuration, entertainment system and WiFi as the A350. The cabins of two A340s, two A330s, and two existing A319s will also be equipped with similar products by the end of June 2018, in order to ensure product consistency across the entire fleet.