Island airline signs for new A220s amid fleet renewal

Air Austral aims to reduce its costs as it updates its short and medium-haul fleet three new aircraft
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Air Austral, France’s Réunion Island-based airline, has ordered three A220 aircraft as part of a fleet renewal program.

Air Austral is now the first A220 customer based in the Indian Ocean region.

Benefiting 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.

Marie-Joseph Malé, CEO of Air Austral, said: “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 harmonizing part of its fleet and strengthening its operations.

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“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.”

Christopher Buckley, executive vice-president commercial for Airbus, said: “Airlines from all around the world are acknowledging the A220’s economics and it is a great honour that Air Austral will be the first A220 operator in the region.” 

The design of the new clean sheet single-aisle aircraft allows for more seats, offering extra revenue potential to airlines, especially to those located in remote areas, and extra usable cargo volume capacity.

The A220 had an order book of over 500 aircraft at the end of September 2019.

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