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27 July, 2021

Indian Ocean based Air Austral becomes first French A220 operator


                                     The first of the three A220s for Air Austral, France’s La Réunion Island-based airline, has been delivered from the Airbus A220 Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Mirabel, Canada. The second and third aircraft are expected to join the Air Austral fleet in the coming days.

Airbus is delighted to welcome Air Austral as a new Airbus customer and operator. This A220 will be the first of the type to be operated by a French airline in the Indian Ocean region.
Air Austral has selected the Airbus A220-300 as part of its medium and short-haul fleet modernisation plan in order to boost its operational efficiency, offering an enhanced passenger experience in a comfortable two-class cabin layout with 132 seats: 12 in business class and 120 in economy-class.

Bearing the airline’s distinctive livery representing La Reunion Island’s beautiful landscapes, Air Austral will strengthen its regional network with three A220-300s, flying on routes between La Réunion Island and Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, and as far as India.

Powered by latest-generation geared turbofan engines, Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G, the A220 is the quietest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category. The aircraft features a 50% reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat as well as 50% lower NOx emissions than current industry standards.

To date over 160 A220s have been delivered, operating routes in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ new generation single-aisle family member.

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16 October, 2019

Airbus and Air Austral sign a purchase agreement for three A220s

Airbus and Air Austral sign a purchase agreement for three A220s

Air Austral, France’s Réunion Island-based airline, has signed a firm order for three A220 aircraft, Airbus’ newest family member. With this order, Air Austral becomes the first A220 customer based in the Indian Ocean region. Benefitting from a 20% reduction in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, the A220s will enable Air Austral to reduce its costs and carbon footprint on international routes in the region.

“Air Austral has chosen the A220-300 as part of the renewal of its Medium and Short Haul fleet. These new-generation aircraft will join the airline from the end of 2020 with the aim of harmonising part of its fleet and strengthening its operations,” said Marie-Joseph Malé, Chief Executive Officer of Air Austral. The economic and operational performance of the A220 opens new possibilities for the development of our regional network from our main base - Réunion Island - in an efficient and rational way. The 132-seat capacity module, which is more flexible, will allow us to increase our frequencies while offering more comfort to our customers and crews,” he added.

06 August, 2018

Air Austral using Hi Fly's A380

As previously reported, Air Austral is going to be wet-leasing Hi Fly's super Airbus A380 during the months of August and September.  Air Austral will be deploying the double-decker on its route between Paris Charles De Gaulle and St. Denis de la Reunion.  Between 24th August and 08th September, the aircraft will operate the route three times a week.

The flight is scheduled to depart Paris CDG at 1700 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to arrive Reunion 0600 the next morning.  On the way back the flight departs Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 2340 and landing back in Paris at 0855 the following morning,

Hi Fly's Airbus A380 has already operated flights for Thomas Cook Scandinavia and is currently flying between London Gatwick and New York JFK for Norwegian.  It is also understood that Norwegian have been in talks with Hi Fly to again wet-lease the A380 for part of the winter period from October onwards.