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Air Austral becomes first French A220 operator

Posted 27 July 2021 · Add Comment

The first of the three A220s for Air Austral, France’s La Réunion Island-based airline, has been delivered from the Airbus A220 Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mirabel, Canada. The second and third aircraft are expected to join the Air Austral fleet in the coming days.

 

Air Austral becomes first French A220 operator.  Image: Airbus

Airbus is delighted to welcome Air Austral as a new Airbus customer and operator. This A220 will be the first of the type to be operated by a French airline in the Indian Ocean region.

Air Austral has selected the Airbus A220-300 as part of its medium and short-haul fleet modernisation plan in order to boost its operational efficiency, offering an enhanced passenger experience in a comfortable two-class cabin layout with 132 seats: 12 in business class and 120 in economy-class.

 

Bearing the airline’s distinctive livery representing La Reunion Island’s beautiful landscapes, Air Austral will strengthen its regional network with three A220-300s, flying on routes between La Réunion Island and Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, and as far as India.

 

Powered by latest-generation geared turbofan engines, Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G, the A220 is the quietest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category. The aircraft features a 50% reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat as well as 50% lower NOx emissions than current industry standards.

 

“The delivery of this new aircraft is a very important moment for Air Austral, especially in the context of the epidemic crisis that we have been facing for more than a year. I would like to thank and congratulate all the teams and partners who made this structuring and strategic acquisition for Air Austral and its future possible. This is a fundamental and responsible investment for Air Austral. The Airbus A220-300 opens up new horizons for us. This is the aircraft we needed to confirm our leading position in the Indian Ocean, while maintaining prospects for sustainable profitability. Its level of comfort and performance will enable us to make an undeniable step forward in both operational and environmental efficiency. Our regional network is gaining new impetus. We are looking forward to offer this new travel experience to our customers, as soon as the health situation allows it. More than ever, we are ready for recovery”, says Marie-Joseph Malé Chairman and CEO of Air Austral.

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