Air Austral has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The newest addition to the airline’s long-haul fleet touched down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island following a 10,500-mile (16,898-kilometre) delivery flight. The flight originated from the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Everett, Washington.
“The state of the art 787 Dreamliner’s unique capabilities enable us to launch the Dzaoudi to Paris Charles de Gaulle route,” said Marie-Joseph Male, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Air Austral.
“This airplane is the most advanced in the world, with superior operating economics all while providing our passengers an unrivalled on-board experience.”
The 787 is a family of technologically advanced, super-efficient airplanes with new passenger-pleasing features. In addition to bringing big-jet ranges to midsize airplanes, the 787 will provide the airline with unmatched fuel efficiency and environmental performance, using 20 to 25 percent less fuel and with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.
“It is an honor to deliver the first 787 Dreamliner to Air Austral, a first for a French operator,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president sales Latin America, Caribbean and Africa, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The Dreamliner will complement Air Austral’s growing long-haul fleet, made up of 777s and now a 787, as well as its trans-continental network to Europe and Asia.”
Air Austral announced an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners in 2015. The airline was founded in 1975 and currently operates a fleet of nine aircraft to over 10 destinations worldwide.