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Air Mauritius Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A350-900 XWB

Air Mauritius is upgrading its fleet and subsequently its passenger flight experience as it takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB.  One of the latest aircraft to come out of the French manufacturer’s factory based in Toulouse.  Air Mauritius is also the first airline in the Indian Ocean to operate the A350-900 XWB.

Air Mauritius A350-900 XWB Le Morne Brabant

Air Mauritius A350-900 ‘Le Morne Brabant’ bearing registration 3B-NBP © Airbus

Welcome Home ‘Le Morne Brabant’  

The first of the six A350s of Air Mauritius is named ‘Le Morne Brabant’.  One of the most iconic mountains of the island.  A mountain with a strong connection to slavery and also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The twin engine jetliner arrived at SSR International in Plaisance with quite some stir.

Quite a crowd of people gathered around the perimeter of the airport awaiting the arrival of ‘Le Morne Brabant’.  The latter had veteran Air Mauritius pilot, Captain Pramil Banymandhub at the controls.  He initiated a fly-by over the runway on approach before going around and eventually putting the bird down for the first time at Plaisance.

The aircraft and its crew were firstly welcomed by a traditional water canon salute before being greeted by local officials and important figures of the country.

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The A350-900 XWB ‘Le Morne Brabant’ receiving a water canon salute at SSR International, Plaisance © Airbus

Farewell Good Old A340

Air Mauritius aims to have the A350 slowly replace its ageing A340-300 fleet, the airline’s long serving flagship workhorse.  The latter, acquired in 1994, was also the first to be operated in the Indian Ocean by the airline.  The newly acquired A350 promises to deliver better cabin experience and save more fuel than the current A340.

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The A350-900 going around after a fly by and the A340 entering the runway for take off © ISL AVENUE

What To Expect 

The new aircraft will be mostly serving on long haul routes of Air Mauritius in a two class configuration.  Business class with 28 seats and Economy class with 298 seats.  Passengers get to enjoy the latest in-flight entertainment as well as Wi-Fi connectivity while relaxing in wider and comfier seats throughout both classes.

 

The aircraft’s construction allows for more vertical walls, higher ceilings and flatter floors.  This in addition to larger panoramic windows allow for a roomier feel inside the cabin.  Ambient lighting and the aircraft’s ability to be pressurised at a lower altitude contribute in enhancing passenger flight experience as well as reducing fatigue.  Moreover. the A350 also claims to be up to 4 times quieter than its closest competitors.

 

A350 specs

A few facts about the new A350-900 © Air Mauritius

An Opportunity For Happier Customers

The Airbus A350 definitely caters for a more comfortable and enjoyable journey on board.  Air Mauritius’ investment in such an aircraft is therefore an opportunity to improve their overall customer service and make their flight experience even better.  We are really looking forward to experiencing travelling on-board the aircraft.  A few flights to Europe with the Mauritian flag carrier, does sound very enticing to us.

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