Air Mauritius became the first operator based in the Indian Ocean to take delivery of the Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The official ceremony was held in Mauritius on October 20.  

The Mauritian airline has ordered a total of six A350-900s, four of which will be purchased directly from Airbus and two will be leased from AerCap. The first jet to join the operator’s fleet of 10 Airbus aircraft including six A340-300s, two A330-200s and two A319s was one of the leased jets from AerCap. The new planes will fly on routes between Mauritius and Asia, Africa and Europe. 

The A350-900 aircraft offers a two-class layout with 326 seats – 28 in business Class while the rest in Economy Class. It is equipped with Air Mauritius’ latest cabin products including new seats and an all-new inflight entertainment system to give the passengers the highest level of comfort and convenience. On top of that the jet features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. This guarantees unparalleled levels of operational efficiency, a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.