We invite you to experience our journey as an Airline since 1967 with select milestones unfolded below, that have helped define who we are today – a national airline with over half a century of history behind us.
Air Mauritius was incorporated in 1967. The national airline of
Mauritius was born just months before independence, from the dream of an
emerging nation to deploy its wings and fly to new horizons.
Until then, Air Mauritius mainly operated as a ground handler. The six-seater Piper Navajo was the first aircraft that flew the colours of Air Mauritius. It was registered in Madagascar and operated flights between Mauritius and Rodrigues as from 13 September 1972.
Long haul operations started in November 1973 with weekly
flights on the Mauritius-Nairobi-London route operated by a Super VC10 leased
from BOAC. Air Mauritius also started joint operations with Air France to Paris
and with Air India to Bombay that year.
A 16-seater Del Havilland Twin Otter was the first aircraft
purchased by Air Mauritius in February 1975. It replaced the Piper Navajo and
operated the Reunion and Rodrigues routes.
Air Mauritius began services to Europe using a Boeing 707 jet
leased from British Airtours. The aircraft was in the Air Mauritius livery and
registered in the United Kingdom. The Boeing 707 was an iconic airliner, which
introduced jet travel to a much larger public worldwide.
The first Boeing 747SP was leased from South African Airways in
1984. Air Mauritius started non-stop flights to several European destinations
namely Paris, Rome and Zurich as from November 1984 using this aircraft. Operating the Boeing 747SP non-stop gave Air
Mauritius a significant advantage over its competitors.
The Airbus era began with the reception of two Airbus A340-300.
It was an era of rapid growth. With its Airbus fleet, Air Mauritius accompanied
the country during its golden years when economic development became synonymous
with air connectivity.
2008 saw an evolution of the Air Mauritius visual identity. It was not a total departure from the previous one but rather deliberately built on the latter’s strengths.
2008 was also a year where the global airline industry went
through turbulent times with cycles of economic crisis, volatile fuel prices
and a string of external shocks. Air Mauritius showed remarkable resilience and
has now emerged as a robust airline using its own internal resources.
On 8 July 2014, Skytrax awarded Air Mauritius the prestigious
4-Star professional quality rating. This took Air Mauritius to an elite group
of only 35 airlines worldwide having obtained this rating.
2017 was a landmark year in many respects. The national airline of Mauritius celebrated 50 years of serving passengers and made some massive investments that would determine its future.
The re-fleeting programme started with the delivery of the first
two A350-900 and products have been upgraded to global best in class standards.
Existing A330-200 and A340 are being retrofitted to ensure conformity in Air
Mauritius’ product offering.
Air Mauritius took delivery of its two new generation wide body A330-900neos. With this delivery, Air Mauritius has now set a new benchmark as the first A330neo operator based in the southern hemisphere, and the first airline in the world to operate a combination of both the A350 XWB and A330neo.