MIAMI – Air Mauritius, the national airline of Mauritius, celebrated its 50th anniversary with the delivery of its first Airbus A350.

The aircraft joins Air Mauritius’ fleet as part of a lease from AerCap. The leasing company’s President and Chief Commercial Officer, Philip Scruggs admitted that “AerCap is proud to deliver the first of two new A350 aircraft to Air Mauritius.”

Scruggs also stated the A350 is “main pillar” in the carrier’s strategy for long-haul flights. “We wish our long-time friends and partners at Air Mauritius every success as they continue to grow their business.”

A ceremony was held in Mauritius today to receive the two-class layout aircraft, equipped with in-flight entertainment system and in-flight connectivity featuring 325 seats: 28 seats in Bussiness Class and 298 in Economy Class.

Air Mauritius named its first A350 as “Le Morne Brabant” after a local mountain that is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

This A350-900 is the first of six to be delivered to Air Mauritius. Four will be purchased directly from Airbus and two leased from AerCap. The carrier currently operates a fleet of 10 Airbus airliners—six A340-300s, two A330-200s, and two A319s, along with three ATR 72-500 and two Bell 206 helicopters.

Up to date, Airbus has logged a total of 858 firm orders for the A350 from 45 customers worldwide.

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