Air Austral, becomes the first French airline that has improvised and added the latest-generation aircraft which will modernize the airline’s medium-haul fleet by replacing two Boeing 737-800NGs and the ATR 72-500. The aircraft are fully modernised, with a progressive strategy to operate in more regional areas.
The PurePower PW1500G Geared Turbofan engine is the most eco-friendly technology to reduce fuel consumption, CO2 emission, and 50% reduction in noise pollution than the current industry standards. With these high-tech features, the Reunion Island-based airline will resume its International routes with an optimized cost operating to a more extensive regional network.
The airlines will operate between Reunion Island & Mauritius, and Reunion & Mayotte. Once the situation gets better with the upliftment of the restriction, it will serve the regions including Madagascar, the Seychelles, the Comoros, India, and South Africa.
“The arrival of this new aircraft is a significant moment for Air Austral, even more so in the current health crisis which we have been enduring for more than a year now. I would like to thank and congratulate the teams and partners who made this important and strategic acquisition possible for Air Austral, and for its future. This is an essential and responsible investment for us: the Airbus A220-300 will open up new horizons for us. It is the aircraft we needed to reinforce our pioneering position in the Indian Ocean and offer long-term profitability. The A220-300’s level of comfort and performance means that we have been able to make a major leap in operational and environmental efficiency. Our regional service is going from strength to strength. We look forward to sharing this new travel experience with our customers and will do so once the health situation improves. We are, more than ever before, ready for business recovery.” Marie-Joseph Malé, Air Austral CEO
“We extend a warm welcome to Air Austral, who has just joined the ever-growing community of A220 customers and operators. With the efficient A220, Air Austral will be able to extend its domestic and regional offer in the Indian Ocean and passengers will enjoy travelling in a spacious, bright and modern cabin.” Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer .