Air Mauritius takes delivery of second Airbus A330-900neo ‘Chagos Archipelago’

  • Posted 24 Jun 2019
Air Mauritius takes delivery of second Airbus A330-900neo ‘Chagos Archipelago’

The 'Chagos Archipelago', the second Airbus A330-900 New Engine Option (neo) landed on Friday morning, at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Plaisance. 

In his address, the Minister Mentor, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, said that the newly acquired aircraft 'Chagos Archipelago' bears significant value for the Republic of Mauritius in line with the fruitful outcomes in favour of Mauritius regarding the Chagos issue at the International Court of Justice and the United Nations General Assembly. 

For his part, Mr Somas Appavou, underlined that the new aircraft will allow Air Mauritius to improve its competitiveness in the current dynamic and challenging fleet market and offer enhanced passenger experience and comfort whilepromoting technological innovation. The acquisition of the new aircraft, he said, marks an important step in the transformative journey of the national airline towards modernising its operation and services.  The name 'Chagos Archipelago', he added, is symbolical of Air Mauritius's commitment to support the Chagossians in their battle to regain their native home.

Launched in July 2014, the A330-900neo completes Airbus' new generation Wide body Family. The new generation aircraft can efficiently serve markets on sectors from as short as 30 minutes, to over 15 hours flying time - making them true long-range capable aircraft.

The two A330-900neo, named 'Aapravasi Ghat' and 'Chagos Archipelago' in reference to Mauritius' history, embody the exclusive 'Airspace by Airbus' concept whereby passengers are offered the most modern in-flight products with comfortable flying experience.

The A330-900 neo aircraft consumes at least 20% less fuel as compared to the current A340-300 enhanced aircraft. The A330-900 aircraft has a similar cabin layout as the A350-900 aircraft and is configured in a two class layout with 291 seats, namely 28 business and 263 economy class seats, with full-flat seats in business class, new seats in economy, new inflight entertainment systems as well as on-board Wi-Fi. 

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