Air Mauritius to finalize flight renewal program by year end
Both France-based Airbus Industrie and US-based Boeing are currently in the running for the Air Mauritius fleet renewal programme, a crucial initiative directly related to the redesign of the business model of the company. (Image: www.destmauritius.com)
Both France-based Airbus Industrie and US-based Boeing are currently in the running for the Air Mauritius fleet renewal programme.
The national carrier of the island nation said in a press release issued on Monday that the fleet renewal initiative is “crucial” as “it is directly related to the redesign of the business model of the company.” Aircraft being considered include the Airbus A330, A350 and Boeing’s B777 and B787.
Fooad Nooraully, Air Mauritius’ communications manager, said that the bids submitted by the two aircraft manufacturers are both interesting and beneficial to Air Mauritius. But, the difference lies in financing options, not only on purchase terms, but also amortization, maintenance and in-service scheduling, he noted.
He went on to add that Air Mauritius will also evaluate these options in light of the airline’s fleet retirement programme. A final decision is expected before year end.
The flavor of the season may appear to be Airbus as Air Mauritius currently operates an exclusively Airbus jet fleet of two A319-100s, two A330-200s, six A340-300s and two ATR72-500 turboprops.
But Boeing cannot be said to be out of the running either as the island nation’s national carrier has also historically operated a variety of Boeing craft including the B767-200(ER), the B747SP and the B707-300.