Rendering of Airbus A350-900 in Air Mauritius livery
Air Mauritius signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday for four Airbus A350-900s and said it would lease two more of the all-new widebody.
The deal, announced at the Farnborough Airshow, will further extend Air Mauritius’ Airbus fleet, which includes two A330-200s and two A319s. The A350s will be operated on European, Asian and Australian routes.
“The A350 XWB combined with the A330 suits Air Mauritius’ entire long-range network and will be key to modernizing our fleet while significantly reducing our operational costs and environmental footprint. It is the game-changer we were looking for,” Air Mauritius CEO Andries Viljoen said.
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered A350 is nearing certification and is scheduled for first delivery to launch customer Qatar Airways at the end of 2014.