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Air France and Air Mauritius renew and extend cooperation agreement

Air France and Air Mauritius renew and extend cooperation agreement

Air France will now provide Air Mauritius with enhanced expertise in several areas including commercial operations, Revenue Management, cost management, procurement, maintenance and cost reductions, especially fuel savings. (Image: Air France)

A new agreement was signed on Friday between Air France and Air Mauritius, extending and enhancing the existing collaboration between the two airlines.

Chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac inked the agreement on behalf of Air France while CEO Andre Vilijoen did the honours for Air Mauritius.

This agreement, which was first inked in 2008, provides for the continuation of Air Mauritius and Air France codeshare operations, under which Air France will now provide Air Mauritius with enhanced expertise in several areas including commercial operations, Revenue Management, cost management, procurement, maintenance and cost reductions, especially fuel savings.

In addition, as part of this new partnership, Air France is reaffirming its commitment to provide its full support to Air Mauritius in its aim to join global airline alliance, SkyTeam.

“The strategic partnership agreement signed today is a continuation of Air France’s historical presence in Mauritius which it has been serving non-stop since 1946,” said Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.

He noted that the European airline major, by combining flight offerings on the Paris-Mauritius route, will now be offering all customers even more frequencies and connecting opportunities, especially from the airline hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Andre Viljoen, CEO of Air Mauritius, on the other hand, stated that the extended agreement ‘confirms the trust and collaboration that unites Air Mauritius and Air France.’

He added that 2014 marked the sixteenth year of their collaboration, making Charles de Gaulle one of the pillars of Air Mauritius’ network, and stressed that Charles de Gaulle was indeed a crucial point of entry for access to European markets, which remain very important for tourism and business.

Since 1 November 2012, Air France and Air Mauritius customers have also been benefiting from their two respective loyalty programs, Flying Blue and Kestrelflyer.

Members can choose to earn Miles on the Air France or the Air Mauritius loyalty programme between Paris and Mauritius, Reunion and Mauritius, and to European destinations served by Air France via the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub.

Kestrelflyer members can use their Miles for award tickets to all Air France-KLM destinations. Similarly, members of the Air France-KLM Flying Blue programme can use their miles to all Air Mauritius destinations.

Moreover, in addition to being a business partner, Air France has also been a shareholder of Air Mauritius since the Mauritian airline was set up in 1967. The first agreement, signed on 21 October 1998, was subsequently renewed twice, most recently in 2008.

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