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New-age makeover: Air Mauritius gets on Facebook and eyes China

New-age makeover: Air Mauritius gets on Facebook and eyes China

The national carrier will start a third weekly flight to Shanghai as from today and operate a second weekly flight to Beijing from July 16 onwards (Image: Company)

With 28 airline tickets to be won for the official launch of Air Mauritius on Facebook, following close on the heels of a new weekly flight to Shanghai starting today, it looks like the island economy’s national carrier is all set for a new-age makeover.

Air Mauritius declared its ‘official launch’ on social media with a competition on Facebook that offers customers and potential customers the chance to win free flights to and from Mauritius.

To enter the competition and stand a chance to win tickets every day for 14 days on destinations on the Air Mauritius network, you must visit and like the Air Mauritius Facebook page.

Apart from a shot at winning a free ticket, the Air Mauritius Facebook page gives the latest information such as promotions, events as well as selected news about the company.

Moreover, besides its new-age focus on social media, Air Mauritius is offering an enhanced coverage of emerging markets such as China as well.

The aviation major will start a third weekly flight to Shanghai as from today. It will also operate a second weekly flight to Beijing from July 16 onwards.

Air Mauritius has come a long way since 2011 when it started a once weekly flight to Shanghai. In 2013, the carrier ran three direct flights to mainland China, and, by mid-2014, the national carrier will be operating five direct weekly flights to mainland China.

Besides direct connectivity, one-stop flights from Hong Kong (served with two weekly flights) and Kuala Lumpur (to which Air Mauritius runs three flights a week) offer convenient connections for passengers bound for China.

All in all, Air Mauritius will be offering customers 10 flights a week to this fast growing region as well.

“We are pleased to note that tourist arrivals from China have increased from 20,900 in 2012 to nearly 42,000 in 2013. Air Mauritius will continue to monitor the potential of these markets and act accordingly,” said Andre Viljoen, CEO, Air Mauritius.

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